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Blue Jackets Place Forward Kristian Huselius Injured Reserve, Recall Forward Alexandre Picard from AHL's Syracuse Crunch

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Kristian Huselius on Injured Reserve retroactive to November 3 and added forward Alexandre Picard to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate, General Manager Scott Howson announced November 5.

Huselius was injured in practice on Tuesday and will be sidelined at least one week. In 13 games this season, he has tallied five goals and four assists for nine points with four penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. Last year, he ranked second on the club in scoring with 21-35-56, 44 penalty minutes and was +1 in 74 games.

Picard, 24, has tallied 5-4-9 with 22 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 11 games with Syracuse this season, leading the club in goals and tying for the top spot in points. Columbus' first pick, eighth overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, he has registered 0-2-2 and 48 penalty minutes in 58 career NHL games.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound native of Les Saules, Quebec has notched 60-60-120 and 370 penalty minutes in 203 career AHL games with the Crunch, including a career-high 22-10-32 with 107 penalty minutes in 49 games in 2008-09. He added 0-1-1 and 26 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Blue Jackets a season ago.

The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers. Game time from Philips Arena is 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio HD begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Wheeling Island Hotel Casino Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101, and online at BlueJackets.com.

Blue Jackets single game tickets are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, The FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line Team Store at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, ticket outlets at the Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at BlueJackets.com and ticketmaster.com. Season tickets starting at $18 per game, as well as six-, 10- and 20-game packages for the 2009-10 season are also on sale. For information, call (800) NHL-COLS or visit BlueJackets.com.

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