The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Alexandre Picard from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Picard, 26, has appeared in nine games for WBS, collecting three assists and posting a team-best plus-7 rating – which places him 10th (tied) in the AHL. Picard was scoreless in two exhibition games for Pittsburgh during the preseason.
Picard, who signed with Pittsburgh as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, spent the 2010-11 season with the Montreal Canadiens. In 43 games with the Canadiens, Picard amassed three goals, five assists and eight points.
A 6-foot-2, 220-pound blueliner, Picard has appeared in 236 career regular-season games for the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes and Canadiens. During that time the Gatineau, QC native has collected 19 goals, 46 assists and 65 points.
Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the third round (85th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Picard’s best offensive season came with the Flyers in 2006-07 when he established career highs in assists (19) and points (22) in 62 games.
Prior to joining the Flyers, Picard spent four seasons playing junior hockey with Halifax and Cape Breton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In 255 career games, Picard totaled 31 goals, 91 assists, 122 points and a plus-88 rating. He added 17 points (4G-13A) in 56 postseason contests.
During Picard’s lone season with Cape Breton in 2003-04, he was teammates with Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury