30-Year-Old Left Wing – Tampa Bay Lightning
Jean-Francois Jacques Contract Information:
Signed to a one-year, two-way by the Panthers in July of 2012.
The Lightning have acquired Jacques from the Panthers in exchange for future considerations, the Sports Network reports.
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Signed to the Ducks this July after six seasons with the Oilers, Jacques only has nine goals in 160 games in the NHL but is not valued as a big offensive star. He actually fought fellow teammate George Parros a year and a half ago, and suffered a back injury in the process. Assuming the 6-foot-4, 217-pound left winger breaks camp with the Ducks, he's likely in line to see fourth-line duty.
Though the Oilers cleaned house this past off-season they elected to keep Jacques even though back and wrist injuries have cost him numerous games over the past few seasons and he has never scored more than four goals in a season. He does add a descent amount of physicality to the lineup though and may have a spot on your fantasy team in deep leagues.
Jacques has been pretty perplexing to the Oilers. He can score on the AHL level with over 100 points in 140 games, but can't transfer that level of play to the NHL level. Injurys the past couple of seasons certainly haven't helped any. He will struggle to make the team out of camp.
Jacques, who is not really a super prospect even though he's still just 23, was injured playing for Springfield of the AHL last season and has yet to make his NHL debut. At best he is someone who can be an injury filler during the season, he should not be on anyones fantasy radar.
Jacques was shuttled to and fro the AHL often in 2006-07, and the upcoming season may bring more of the same. He has the size and strength of a power forward, but any scoring potential he showed in the QMJHL or AHL has not yet transferred over to the NHL. The potential is there, but he needs to have a strong camp to show the team he's ready to get to the next level.
Jacques is a power forward with decent speed. He would likely be considered to make the team out of camp, but with the surplus of forwards the Oilers have, he may need to play another season in the AHL.
A projected power forward, Jacques is a hard hitter with decent speed and a hard shot. He's a few years way from seeing regular shifts with Edmonton, however.