Jacques gets the call

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- The door of opportunity has swung wide open for J.F. Jacques. Now, it's time for him to step through it.

With Ethan Moreau out of the lineup indefinitely while awaiting shoulder surgery and Alexei Mikhnov having been less-than-impressive in his debut with the Edmonton Oilers against the Phoenix Coyotes Monday, Jacques has a chance to get out of the press box, and stay there, after getting the call against the Anaheim Ducks last night.

"Every time you get into the lineup you have to try to stay in there," said Jacques, who got word from coach Craig MacTavish yesterday morning that he'd be suiting up.

"You don't want to be the guy who steps out when another guy comes in. That's what I'm going to try to do -- play as hard as I can and stay in the lineup."

CUT TEETH IN AHL

Jacques, 21, who played seven games with the Oilers last season and was summoned from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL before the team's run to the Stanley Cup final, made his debut on a line with Marty Reasoner and Brad Winchester, with whom he played in the minors.

It's a shot the six-foot-four, 220-pound winger waited eight games for, and a shot that could turn into a long time gig with Moreau on the shelf and Mikhnov not yet ready for primetime.

NO CALL-UPS PLANNED

The Oilers, as of right now, aren't planning on calling up anybody from the minors, so it'll be either Mikhnov or Jacques sitting as the odd-man out at forward.

"I've been playing three, four or five minutes a game during the pre-season, so I'm used to it," Jacques said of his fourth-line role.

"I accept that. It's going to be three or four minutes of quality."


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