COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Monday. Picard is expected to join the club and be available to play in tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators.
Picard, 21, has scored five goals and four assists for nine points with 22 penalty minutes in 16 games with Syracuse and has appeared in one game with Columbus this season. He joined the Crunch after ranking second on the Blue Jackets in scoring during the preseason with 3-2-5 in five games.
Columbus’ first pick, eighth overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft, Picard collected 14 penalty minutes in 17 games with Columbus in 2005-06. He also tallied 15-15-30 and 52 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games with Syracuse during his rookie season. Prior to turning professional, he spent three-plus seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he registered 93-104-197 and 289 penalty minutes in 206 games with Sherbrooke and Lewiston. He notched a career-high 40-45-85, 160 penalty minutes and a +20 plus/minus rating in 65 games with Lewiston in 2004-05.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Predators. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET with live coverage on FSN Ohio beginning with the IceBreaker pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. Coverage also includes the Blue Jackets Ice Cap post-game show immediately following the game. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station WWCD-FM, CD101.