MC79hockey points out that J.F. Jacques, who is said to be pretty well guaranteed to make the Edmonton Oilers roster, has the worst offensive statistics of any young forward in the NHL since the 1920s. I.e., since before passing was legal in the offensive zone. JFJ has played sixty games in the league without recording an assist; I do not think Tom Barrasso, for one, ever accomplished this. I can't boast that I am always the last person to give up on a young player, but wouldn't it be fair to say that a forward who is not only bad offensively but historically bad should be extremely, extremely good defensively to be considered for an NHL lineup?