Michel Picard

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Michel Picard
Born (1969-11-07) November 7, 1969 (age 45)
Beauport, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Hartford Whalers
San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators
St. Louis Blues
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft 178th overall, 1989
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1990–2009

Michel Daniel Picard (born November 7, 1969) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Picard played in the National Hockey League with the Hartford Whalers, San Jose Sharks, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, and Philadelphia Flyers. He currently serves as an amateur scout for the Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Picard began his career playing for Trois-Rivières Draveurs in the QMJHL, where he established himself as a scoring force who was also tough and hard hitting. His final year there he scored 140 points in 66 games. Picard was drafted by the Whalers in the 9th round, 178th overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. He met with great success in the minor leagues, leading the American Hockey League in goals with 56 for the Springfield Indians in 1991, setting a franchise record while leading the team to its final Calder Cup championship; he was also the last player for the 58-year old franchise active in professional hockey.

However, Picard would never translate his earlier success to the NHL. He never played a full season in the NHL and only played in at least half of the games in a season once, during the 1999 season. That season he also played in five playoff games, the only time he played in the NHL playoffs.

For the 2002 season Picard played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany for the Mannheim Eagles. He then played for two years with the Grand Rapids Griffins (a team for which he played parts of six seasons in all, and is the career leader in goals, assists and points) in the AHL before joining Thetford Mines Prolab of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey in 2004. He led the team in scoring in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and was the leading scorer in the LNAH in the 2007 season, retiring after the end of the 2009 season.

As of November 2014, Picard is the 16th leading goal scorer in minor league history with 563 [1], as well as 19th in points with 1256.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Ste-Foy QAAA 60 36 55 91 22
1986–87 Trois-Rivières Draveurs QMJHL 66 33 35 68 53
1987–88 Trois-Rivières Draveurs QMJHL 69 40 55 95 71
1988–89 Trois-Rivières Draveurs QMJHL 66 59 81 140 107 4 1 3 4 2
1989–90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 67 16 24 40 98
1990–91 Springfield Indians AHL 77 56 40 96 61 18 8 13 21 18
1990–91 Hartford Whalers NHL 5 1 0 1 2
1991–92 Springfield Indians AHL 40 21 17 38 44 11 2 0 2 34
1991–92 Hartford Whalers NHL 25 3 5 8 6
1992–93 Kansas City Blades IHL 33 7 10 17 51 12 3 2 5 20
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 4 0 4 24
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 61 41 44 85 99 17 11 10 21 22
1994–95 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL 57 32 57 89 58 8 4 4 8 6
1994–95 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 5 8 13 14
1995–96 Ottawa Senators NHL 17 2 6 8 10
1995–96 Prince Edward Island Senators AHL 55 37 45 82 79 5 5 1 6 2
1996–97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 82 46 55 101 58 5 2 0 2 10
1996–97 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 3 0 1 1 0
1997–98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 58 28 41 69 42
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 16 1 8 9 29
1998–99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 6 2 2 4 2
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 45 11 11 22 16 5 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 65 33 35 68 50 17 8 9 17 4
1999–2000 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 72 31 39 70 22 10 4 5 9 4
2000–01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 7 1 4 5 0
2001–02 Mannheim Eagles DEL 60 24 28 52 30 12 7 6 13 4
2002–03 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 32 52 84 34 15 3 1 4 8
2003–04 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 17 37 54 35 4 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Thetford Mines Prolab LNAH 60 36 55 91 22 17 6 11 17 8
2005–06 Thetford Mines Prolab LNAH 55 50 37 87 35 18 5 15 20 12
2006–07 Thetford Mines Prolab LNAH 48 48 51 99 18 7 6 3 9 2
2007–08 Thetford Mines Isothermic LNAH 52 22 51 73 36 7 3 6 9 2
2008–09 Sainte-Marie Poudrelle Delta LNAH 7 5 5 10 4
2008–09 Thetford Mines Isothermic LNAH 7 3 4 7 2 1 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 166 28 42 70 103 5 0 0 0 2
LNAH totals 229 164 203 367 117 50 20 36 56 24
QMJHL totals 201 132 171 303 294 4 1 3 4 2
AHL totals 582 283 355 638 530 88 37 34 71 96
IHL totals 244 116 143 259 203 34 13 11 24 26

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