DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed defenseman Josh Jacobs to a one-year contract for the 2022-23 season and forward Spencer Smallman to a two-year contract through 2023-24.
Jacobs, 26, recorded 15 points (4g/11a) in 51 games for the Chicago Wolves this past season and was tied for second among team defensemen with a +14 rating. He added two points (1g/1a) and was +11 in 18 postseason contests to help the Wolves capture the Calder Cup.
Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round (41st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Jacobs has played in three NHL contests with the Devils. He has produced 71 points (13g/58a) in 298 career American Hockey League contests for the Albany/Binghamton Devils and Chicago. Jacobs has two points (1g/1a) and a +10 rating in 22 total Calder Cup Playoff outings.
Prior to turning pro, Jacobs played two seasons with the Indiana Ice in the United States Hockey League from 2012-14, totaling 38 points (7g/31a) in 104 contests. The Shelby Township, Michigan, native added five points (3g/2a) in 12 career postseason outings, all during the 2014 playoffs and ranked second among league defensemen in goals.
Jacobs played one season for Michigan State University in 2014-15, tallying nine points (0g/9a) in 35 games. He also spent one campaign in the Ontario Hockey League with the Sarnia Sting in 2015-16, where he served as an assistant captain and registered 24 points (4g/20a) in 67 regular-season games and added five points (0g/5a) in seven playoff contests.
Smallman, 25, recorded 27 points (10g/17a) in 65 games for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves this past season. He added six points (2/4a) in 18 postseason games to help the Wolves win the Calder Cup as league champions. Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fifth round (138th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Smallman has collected 48 points (13g/35a) in 130 career AHL contests, all with Carolina’s affiliates, the Charlotte Checkers and Chicago.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pound right wing has also appeared in 25 ECHL contests with the Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Fort Wayne Komets, recording 27 points (9g/18a) and adding 16 points (3g/13a) in 19 total playoff outings.
Prior to turning pro, Smallman played five seasons with the Saint John’s Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2012-17, totaling 223 points (86g/137a) in 293 career contests and contributing 45 points (15g/30a) in 44 total playoff games. He served as an alternate captain in 2014-15 and was team captain for two years from 2015-17, helping the Sea Dogs capture the President Cup as QMJHL champions in 2017.