For Jean-Francois Jacques, 2007-08 was a case of opportunity missed. He made the opening night lineup over Marc Pouliot (HS) and Zack Stortini (Springfield) but Coach MacT explained the situation by saying “at this point it’s game-by-game. Based on need. J.F. has got to bring it. He has to be a physical factor. If he’s not, then it’s going to be a situation where we’re looking elsewhere.”
He played 3:46 opening night and played 8 games in October with the NHL Oilers and another 4 in the AHL while being sent up and down like a yo-yo during the month. His AHL stats (4gp, 1-2-3 -2) once again implied he was a player while his NHL stats (9gp, 0-0-0 -3) continued the longest scoreless streak since Orel Hershiser.
For the record, here are the transactions for Jacques in the month of October 2007:
- October 5-assigned to Springfield.
- October 9-recalled from Springfield.
- October 13- assigned to Springfield.
- October 19- recalled from Springfield.
- October 31- assigned to Springfield.
After October Jacques was no longer considered an option for the crash and bang role on the 4line and with each passing game Zack Stortini grabbed a tighter hold on the job. To add insult to injury, Jacques ran into a string of injuries that effectively ended his season at the end of January. To quote Guy Flaming from HF: “In the meantime, Jacques has been playing on the farm to get his mojo back. A smattering of injuries this year have limited Jacques’ playing time. He bears the scar from a skate to the chin, he suffered a hyper-extended elbow and now a herniated disc has him back in Edmonton. Jacques says that his prognosis for the rest of this year is completely unknown.”
Based on various media reports it’s clear Jacques wasn’t healthy early on (elbow trouble early) and this season is close to a write off. Still, at the AHL level he did perform fairly well:
- EV 5-9-14, .368ppg
- PP 5-4-9 .237ppg
- PK 1-1-2 .052ppg
In terms of where he ranks on the Oilers depth chart at F, the fact they’re even talking about him (and they are) is a testament to his uniqueness as a hockey player. The most important numbers to remember when it comes to Jean-Francois Jacques are 6-4, 220.
Final Grade: 65%.