J.F. Jacques is our next player on our By The Numbers series. A capsule of his season exists after the jump.
NAME: Jean-Francois Jacques
SWEATER NUMBER: 22
DOB: 29 APR 1985 (26)
NUMBERS: 4G-1A-5PTS, 63 PIM in 51 GP
2010-11 SALARY/CONTRACT $615,000, will become RFA on July 1st 2011,
JF Jacques has played in 100 games over the past two seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. He received a one year contract at the conclusion of last year in the belief that he would be an effective contributor to the fourth line in 2010-11. Jacques’ main contribution to the team is the role of a tough guy, and his time on the ice reflects that.
The fourth line…well, um, had a host of issues (and things got really interesting when Colin Fraser was out of the lineup), and 51 games of JF Jacques paired with a cooler full of cold ones couldn’t make 4LW look any better. Jacques was just over seven minutes a game – a number eerily similar to Zach Stortini. Thirty games into 2010-11 saw Stortini get waived to OKC, while Jacques and MacIntyre were interchangeable parts on the fourth line.
WHAT COULD BE
There’s room for one guy like Jacques on this team at any given time, and seven minutes a night seems like a fair number. The team should be forced to choose between Stortini, Jacques and MacIntyre as that tough guy. If the Oilers want to throw around 600K to put ONE enforcer into the lineup, that seems reasonable. At 26 years of age, Jacques’ skill set likely has been filled out, and if for another year he can fill his role as an agitator at his current rate, then it would likely spell the end of Mac and Stortini on the big club. Should the club ring up Mac or Storts, I can’t see a role on the big club for JF.
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