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Picard comes out about illness

June 29, 2006

As reported in today’s Columbus Dispatch, winger Alexandre Picard (the Jackets 2004 first round pick) was suffering from vertigo for most of the 2005-06 season. I don’t know too much about this particular problem, but more information can be found here. It sounds like this could be fairly disorienting for anyone, let alone someone who makes their living on a slippery surface.

Picard reports that he feels better now, and has been educated on how to deal with future spells. Here’s hoping that the young winger will continue to enjoy his good health and go on to a fine NHL career.

Best of luck, Alexandre.

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  1. […] Rick Nash, Alexandre Picard, and Geoff Platt all appear on James Mirtle’s list of top pre-season scorers.  Nash is obviously a lock for the regular season roster when play starts in ten days.  Picard and Platt both received extended auditions last year, and both are apparently out to show that they’d really like to be considered for regular duty.  Picard was a first round pick in 2004, and will likely make the team either this year or next.  His bang-em-up style lacked a scoring punch last season, and his bout with vertigo probably didn’t help his cause.  Platt is a small center (5′9″, 180 lbs) who possesses quite a bit of speed.  Brian Gionta, Daniel Briere, Martin St. Louis, Steve Sullivan, and others have shown that it’s not impossible to play in the NHL if you’re undersized.  Whether Platt can develop into a player of this caliber is yet to be determined, but judging from listening to him speak and watching him play I have to think he has the proper mind set. […]



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