13th year left wing Alexandre Picard(81) gets the bump up to the best league overseas, the KHL signing a one-year deal with Amur Khabarovsk after a solid season in the Czech Extraliga for HK Hradec Kralove, where he put up some impressive numbers (7-13-20 in 25 games and another 5 in the playoffs).

This came after 4 seasons in Switzerland top league NLA mostly with Geneve-Servette, where he won a pair of 2014 & 2015 Spengler Cups.

The fairly sizable and feisty forward was the most penalized player in the Swiss league in 2013/2014 but has always kept the focus on scoring too.

The recently turned 32-year old still seems to have a lot of time left to impress.

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Alexandre Picard(9) Norfolk Admirals


Former Columbus Blue Jackets‘ 1st round pick in the 2004 draft (#8 overall), left wing Alexandre Picard(9) is finding his scoring touch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs with his new team of the 2011/2012 season, Norfolk Admirals.

The 6’2″ 206 lbs. power forward was signed to a one-year two-way contract by Tampa Bay Lightning at the beginning of free agency.

In 67 NHL games over the first five years of his pro career with the Blue Jackets, he only managed a pair of assists. He was not recalled this season and in 49 AHL games scored 6 goals, 19 assists for 25 points.

He did however have his best plus/minus with a +9.

Through 7 seasons, he’s played 351 AHL regular season games scoring 111 goals and 121 assists.

In 9 postseason contests he has seemingly exploded for 6 goals and 6 assists and leads the team and league in scoring.

He potted another two in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, including the winning tally to put the Admirals up in the series 3-2 in the best-of-7.