Lightning Add Toughness In JF Jacques Via Trade With Florida

The Florida Panthers have traded JF Jacques to Tampa Bay in return for future considerations.

Jacques was drafted in the second round, 68th overall by the Oilers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional career, he played for four seasons with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He made his professional debut with the Edmonton Road Runners of the American Hockey League in 2004–05, appearing in six games as a late-season call-up.Following Oilers training camp for the 2005–06 season, Jacques was assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. where he played the first half of the season. He was recalled to the Oilers to replace injured forward Ethan Moreau, making his NHL debut on February 2, 2006 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Jacques broke through and began the 2009–10 season with a regular spot on the Oilers’ checking line. On November 3, 2010, the Oilers assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons for conditioning. On September 24, 2011, Jacques was suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and the first five games of the regular season while playing for the Anaheim Ducks due to leaving the bench to initiate a fight with Mike Duco of the Vancouver Canucks. He would only play 6 games with the Ducks before getting sent down to the AHL, where he would play 65 games with Syracuse. On July 5th 2012, Jacques signed a one-year, two way deal with the Panthers, but would never play for them.

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