Drafted in the fourth round (52nd overall) of the 2001 QMJHL Entry Draft by the Sherbrooke Castors, Picard only played six games in Sherbrooke the following season, recording 3 assists. That is because Picard was one of the youngest players in the league at the time. In 2002-03 he made the team full-time and put up 14 goals and 29 points in 66 games in Sherbrooke. At the end of the season, the Castors moved form their long-time home in Sherbrooke to Lewiston, a small town in the American state of Maine. It is with Lewiston that the slick left winger broke out. Picard got off to an incredibly hot start and was among or atop the league leaders in scoring for a while. While he slowed down a bit, he still put up 39 goals and 80 points 69 games for the Maineiacs. In reality though, the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau saw enough promise to rank him third among its North American skaters in its season ending rankings.
2007-08: Picard spent the first half of the season recovering from a knee injury from 2006-07. Limited to half a season of action, Picard was a healthy regular in the Crunch lineup upon his return and played in all of the Crunch’s post-season games. He is still struggling to bring an offensive component to his otherwise well-rounded game. Continues to play a very sound physical game.
2008-2009: Picard spent his time between the Syracuse Crunch(AHL) and the Columbus Blue Jackets(NHL). In his 15 games with the big club, Picard managed just a single assist to go along with his 26 PIMs. In the minors, Picard scored 22 goals and picked up 10 assists in 49 games. He had 107 PIMs to go along with his 32 points.
2009-2010: Just like the season before, Picard saw limited time with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He appeared in just 9 games, going pointless. At the AHL level, Picard scored 17 goals and notched 18 assists in 35 games before a deadline deal saw Picard move to the Phoenix Coyotes(NHL). He was assigned to the San Antonio Rampage(AHL), where he scored 9 goals and picked up 6 assists in 15 games.
Picard is the type of player that gives you a taste of everything. Blessed with great hands and goal scoring instincts, the crafty forward goes to the net as well. Although his skating stride is not beautiful because of his hunched over style he gets where he needs to go. What is most remarkable about Picard is his physical play as well. While he is not as powerful or as tough as (top ranked prospect) Andrew Ladd, Picard’s physical presence is impressive considering the QMJHL’s penchant for producing soft but dynamic top offensive prospects. What should be noted is that Picard is by no means a true power forward. Instead, he’s a bit of a hybrid: goal scorer on one hand, sparkplug on the other. These types of players are rare in general, especially from the QMJHL. This combination can be seen in Edmonton Oilers’ star Ryan Smyth, who has scored 39 goals in the NHL while playing a well-rounded physical game. The only real problems with Picard are that he lacks consistency and will often neglect his defensive game entirely. That being said, these things often come with maturity. Picard was the Maineiacs leader on the ice last year, but needed to put forth a more consistent effort. Perhaps most importantly though, he had a strong playoff showing, putting up seven goals and 11 points in the Maineiacs only playoff series, which they lost in seven games.
Picard has been given several opportunities to make the NHL, but as of yet has not been able to keep his job in Columbus. In 43 career NHL games Picard has not scored a goal and has only one assist. He has the intangibles, the work ethic, and the physical play necessary, but Picard must produce something offensively to merit even a fourth-line role.
Traded to the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2010 NHL trade deadline.