2002-03: Jean-Francois Jacques will forever be identified as the pick New Jersey sent to Edmonton in order to draft Zach Parise. The Oilers slid down to No. 22 and selected Marc-Antoine Pouliot, then used the bonus pick on Jacques.
2004-05: After completing his tenure with Baie-Comeau, Jacques ended the campaign with the AHL's Edmonton Road Runners on an amateur tryout contract. Although held pointless, Jacques impressed with his speed, size and physical play.
2005-06: J.F. played most of the season on the farm in Hamilton and put up respectable numbers as well as penalty minutes. Also played in 7 NHL games but was held off of the score sheet.
2006-07: Split the schedule between the NHL and the AHL but failed to take advantage of his time in Edmonton. On the farm Jacques scored at more than a point per game pace but after 44 games in the big league he has yet to contribute offensively.
2007-08: Appeared in 9 NHL games but spent most of his time on the farm where he suffered injury after injury. Had his year end due to major back problems stemming from a slipped disc.
Jacques has deceptively good speed for a big winger and a shot as hard as it is inaccurate. Jacques can crush opponents with his checking and possesses the strength to hold off defensemen in tight and along the boards. He has all the tools of a power forward, and although not one to initiate a fight he isn’t shy about accepting an invitation.
Jacques has been his own worst enemy. His focus has been on point production instead of concentrating on what is expected of him at the NHL level. In junior and in the AHL he has been a scorer but that is not his role in the NHL.
He’s a near-dominant AHL player but has not found a way to translate that into NHL success. Jacques rights have been dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a deal with the Florida Panthers following the end of the NHL lockout.