ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The scoring race between Dwayne Roloson and J.F. Jacques is over.
And Roloson wins, 3-0, which is probably why Jacques was sent back to the minors yesterday.
With not a single point to show for 37 games with the Oilers this season (Roloson has three assists), Jacques isn't terribly surprised that he's going back to Wilkes-Barre before Edmonton's season is over.
"It was a weird year for me,"he said. "Being as dominant as I was in the AHL, I didn't really bring it up here. I didn't have the same confidence I had down there."
So now he's down there.
"He needs some seasoning down in Wilkes-Barre,"said head coach Craig MacTavish. "There's no sense keeping him around if he's not going to play."
Jacques had a four-goal game in Wilkes-Barre the night before Edmonton called him up the second time and couldn't get a sniff in the NHL.
"I remember my first couple of games back, I played really well, had some good scoring chances, but I couldn't get a point, couldn't buy a point, not even an assist.
"It's been a rough year. But it's better to have the tough times right now and learn from it rather than later."
And he'll get some playoff experience in the A.
"It's going to be good for me to finish the playoffs there. Tom Gilbert and Marc Pouliot will be there soon, and we might play against Zack Stortini in Hamilton. It's going to be a lot of fun, bring a lot of enthusiasm, because it's been a tough couple of weeks for the team.
"I'm looking forward to it. Have a good summer of training and get ready for camp."