Picard, 24, has tallied 8-7-15 with 26 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 19 games with Syracuse this season, leading the club in goals and 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 63-63-126 and 374 penalty minutes in 211 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 Saturday when they host the Calgary Flames. Game time from Nationwide Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio 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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