*I present the complete list of players to play at least as many games as JF Jacques (131) with 14 or fewer points. The number in brackets is the number of fights they had and, where applicable, games played for 1992-94 Ottawa Senators:
Richard Zemlak, (59)
Ryan Hollweg, (29)
Brian McGrattan, (53)
Kevin Kaminski, (36)
Jay Caufield, (49)
Dan Kordic, (55)
Darcy Loewen (9) (123)
Jesse Boulerice (41)
Brantt Myhres, (55)
Shawn Antoski (52)
Andrew Peters (75)
Riley Cote (51)
Cam Janssen (74)
Jacques has fought 14 times in his career.
I am by no means a Zack Stortini fan – he seems like a likable fellow, if a lousy hockey player but a) he seems to be a better scorer than JF Jacques and b) he fights more. Stortini won’t say a word about sitting out but he’s probably got a legitimate gripe here. Jacques’ numbers would probably be much worse if he hadn’t enjoyed a nice little run of first line time during the inexplicable Pat Quinn reign – while I don’t precisely remember when that experiment ended, he had 5 points in his first 13 games, which leaves him with 9 points in the other 118 games he’s played in his career. Stortini’s certainly never had that and he’s managed to put up 40 points in 251 games while fighting 78 times.
It’s been said many times, many ways but JF Jacques is a criminal waste of a roster spot. Toughness has to be able to play if it’s not a brawler (leaving aside the debate of whether brawlers are useless) and he simply can’t. There will come a time, if everyone gets healthy, that some players get sent to the minors. If Linus Omark goes down because JF Jacques is on a one way contract, someone should get fired.
*Steve MacIntyre is taking 5.5 penalties (coincidentals excluded) per sixty minutes of playing time. This puts him second in the NHL amongst players who’ve played at least ten games and is the sixth highest number in the last four years. He is only rarely permitted to roam the ice but he has put the Oilers a man short one more time than he’s taken a fighting major. If Linus Omark goes down because Steve MacIntyre is on a one way contract, someone should get fired.
*The Oilers PP is currently in an 0/37 slump that was brilliantly displayed during the conclusion to last night’s game with Anaheim when they had a 6 on 3, on which Koivu broke his stick and still got nowhere. The record is surprisingly difficult to track down. According to Dan Tencer, who contacted Elias Sports Bureau, the record for consecutive games without a PP goal since the Oilers joined the NHL is 14 – the Oilers are currently at 11. I checked and the Leafs went somewhere between 0/51 and 0/59 in that time. I make the odds of getting to 60 in a row at about 4.4% and the probability of getting to 100 unsuccessful PP’s in a row at about .02%.
*According to www.sportsclubstats.com, the probability of the Oilers making the playoffs is 0.021%. If the astronomically unlikely does not come to pass, it will be the first time in club history that they’ve failed to make the playoffs five years in a row.