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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Alexandre Picard expected back Friday

Almost 8 months after 2004 1st round pick (8th overall) Alexandre Picard suffered a devastating MCL and ACL injury to his leg he's expected to make his season debut for the Jackets' AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. Apparently he's also bulked up according to Crunch blogger Lindsay Kramer:

I don't know what Syracuse forward Alexandre Picard's been doing while recovering from his knee injury, but it's quite obvious he's passed a lot of time by lifting weights.
Picard said he's 10 pounds heavier than last year, up to about 205, and it shows in his upper body. He was an agitator before; now he looks like a solid light-heavyweight.
"I was just working out upper body. When you do that six days out of seven, you get bigger,'' Pic said Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Jackets Picard hasn't done much with the NHL time he's been given - in 40 games for the CBJ he's only been able to register 1 assists (although he did have a couple of goals waived off). Still though sometime it takes players longer to develop that others and it will at the very least be good for the Crunch to get a little more offensive firepower in their lineup. I know I'll be very interested to see how quickly Picard bounces back and how he looks next to a guy like Derick Brassard.

Glad to have you back out there AP!


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