TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled defenseman Alexandre Picard from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis, Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Acquired from Philadelphia on February 25 with a conditional draft pick in exchange for Vaclav Prospal, Picard has played in 53 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League this season and ranks first on the team and seventh in the AHL in points by a defenseman with 38. His eight goals and five power-play goals also lead all Phantom defensemen. Picard represented Philadelphia at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game and recorded one assist. He has established AHL career highs this season in goals, assists and points.The 6-foot-2, 220-pound native of Gatineau, Quebec has played in 134 career AHL games recording 16 goals and 74 points. He has played his entire three-season AHL career with the Phantoms. He has also played in two career Calder Cup Playoff games.
Picard has played in 72 career NHL games with the Flyers, tallying three goals, 22 points and 23 penalty minutes. On February 1, 2007 against the New Jersey Devils he posted five assists which set a Flyers record for most assists by a defenseman and most assists by a rookie in a single game. He became just the second rookie defenseman in NHL history (Gary Suter, CGY, 6 vs. EDM on 4/4/86) and just the third player in Flyers history (Eric Lindros, Bobby Clarke) to accomplish the feat.
The 22-year-old was drafted by Philadelphia in the third-round, 85th
overall, at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 255 career junior games with Halifax and Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and recorded 31 goals and 122 points.