The Columbus Blue Jackets have added forward Alexandre Picard to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, the club's American Hockey League affiliate, Blue Jackets President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Sunday. Picard is expected to join the club in time for Sunday's game at Nationwide Arena against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Picard, Columbus' first pick, eighth overall, at the 2004 Entry Draft, made his NHL debut at Dallas on November 18 and collected six penalty minutes in two games with the Blue Jackets. In 45 games with the Crunch this season, he has registered 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points, including nine power play goals, and has added 52 penalty minutes with a +2 plus/minus rating.
Picard spent the previous three-plus seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, garnering 93-104-197 and 289 penalty minutes in 206 games with Sherbrooke and Lewiston. In 2004-05, he tallied a career-high 40-45-85 and 160 penalty minutes in 65 games with Lewiston. He ranked among the QMJHL leaders in points (T-8th), goals (T-6), assists (22nd), plus/minus rating (T-22nd, +20), game-winning goals (11th, 6), and shorthanded goals (2nd, 6).
The Blue Jackets host the Mighty Ducks today at 5 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Ohio with the Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 4:30 p.m. The game will also be carried live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.