May 25, 1957 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 02 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Washington Capitals
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||3rd overall, 1977
|WHA Draft||38th overall, 1977
Robert Picard established himself as a highly regarded defensive prospect with the Montreal Juniors and Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge from 1973 to 1977. He was selected 3rd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft.
In Washington, expectations were high due to the team's abysmal performance, and Picard was expected to single-handedly reverse the losing fortunes. Picard played well, but after three seasons of unrealistic expectations he was traded to Toronto in exchange for goaltender Mike Palmateer. Toronto management gave Picard little opportunity to show what he was capable of, sending him to his hometown Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Michel Larocque in March, 1981. In his hometown, the expectations were raised even higher and, as before, Picard, in his sensitivity, tried to do more than he could.
In 1983, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets and was paired with fellow defender Randy Carlyle, with whom he found an opportunity to play within his means. The time in Winnipeg was good but short. Just over two seasons later, he was again on the move, this time to the Quebec Nordiques, where he was a regular on the blueline for four seasons before retiring after a 20 game stint with the Red Wings in 1990.
Picard was traded to the Winnipeg Jets by the Montreal Canadiens for Winnipeg's 3rd round choice in the 1984 Entry Draft, November 4, 1983. Montreal would use that draft pick to select goaltender Patrick Roy, who would go on to a Hall of Fame career.
Robert Picard signed with the Capitals after he was drafted with the team’s first choice (third overall) in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He later realized he could make more money in the World Hockey Association and signed a five-year deal for $625,000 with the WHA’s Quebec Nordiques in Sept., 1977. But the WHA barred Picard from playing with the Nords, realizing that the league would face a lawsuit from the NHL if he suited up. An angry and frustrated Picard said “I’d rather deliver pizzas in Quebec City” than play hockey in Washington. A few days later he reported for his first Capitals training camp.
|1973-74||Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge||QMJHL||70||7||46||53||286||9||1||4||5||6|
|1974-75||Montreal Bleu Blanc Rouge||QMJHL||70||13||74||87||337||8||1||3||4||37|
|1980-81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||59||6||19||25||68||—||—||—||—||—|
|1989-90||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||20||0||3||3||20||—||—||—||—||—|
Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, Pts = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
- Robert Picard's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Robert Picard's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Washington Capitals first round draft pick