The Edmonton Oilers recalled Jean-Francois Jacques today. It’s an interesting move considering he played about 3 minutes in the first game of the year and was promptly sent out.
There were some indicators that coach MacT wasn’t as down on him as it first appeared, including an item in Matty’s Journal column yesterday:
Winger J.F. Jacques had the Gordie Howe hat-trick for Springfield Saturday in their 4-2 loss to San Jose’s AHL farm club (Worcester). Goal, assist and a fight. He played three minutes and change in the opener against San Jose, helping set up the winner by Gilbert when he fought off Ryane Clowe to get the puck up the ice. MacTavish liked his attitude when he was sent down, though. He sensed he didn’t want to be in the AHL for long.
Jacques is quite simply a fascinating prospect. He has such an interesting assortment of skills that he’s impossible to avoid: massive frame combined with good foot speed and an impact hitter when he makes contact.
He hasn’t scored a point in 45 regular season games, he’s wildly inconsistent and a guy this big not impacting a game physically is a crime.
Why did they recall him?
One reason might be that unlike last season where he made the team and then sat for a long stretch (he made the opening night roster and didn’t see the ice until October 25th last year, which was 20 days and the 9th game of the 06-07 season) before getting even a look on the big team.
Another might be that the Oilers play Boogaard and the Wild tomorrow night and they’re not going to send Gagner over the boards.