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10-05-2011, 03:06 PM
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The giant indian head team will continue the run on offensive defensemen by selecting Robert Picard, D

6'2' 207 lbs

Awards:
1978-79: 6th in Norris voting, 7th in AS voting, selected to play in the AS game
1979-80: 16th in AS voting, selected to play in the AS game

Stats:

Career: 423 points (348 adjusted) and 1025 PIM in 899 career games.

3rd in scoring among defensemen in 1978-79, 11th in scoring among defensemen in 1979-80.

Percentage of the 2nd place defenseman (3rd place when Coffey is involved): 89, 72, 51, 50, 47, 46

The competition among offensive defensemen was insane during this time. These are the #2 defensemen in the above seasons in order: Borje Salming, Larry Robinson, Reid Larson, Larry Robinson/Mark Howe, Brad Park, Doug Wilson

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Originally Posted by seventieslord
Picard had a very impressive 432 points in 899 career NHL games. He was often unfairly maligned in his stops around the league as he was expected to be Washington’s saviour, then Montreal’s hometown hero. He sure wasn’t a bad player, though – he was top-10 among defensemen in scoring twice and though his career +/- is –45, it is a symptom of the bad teams he played on. He’s an adjusted +20. “Players” says it best – ”He was offensively gifted, but rarely played on a quality team.” When he did get into the playoffs, he was pretty good, putting in 20 points in 36 games.
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Originally Posted by LOH
While skating for the Montreal Junior Canadiens, Robert Picard established himself as a top-notch defensive prospect who, in 1977, was selected 3rd overall by the Capitals.

In Washington, Picard was expected to single-handedly reverse the losing fortunes of a horrible team. He tried, but overextended himself and after three seasons was traded to Toronto. But the Leafs didn't even allow him a full season to prove his mettle, casting him off to Montreal before the end of the 1980-81 campaign. In his hometown, the expectations were raised even higher and, as before, Picard, in his sensitivity, tried to do more than he could.

By 1983, he was shipped to the Winnipeg Jets where, paired with fellow defender, Randy Carlyle, he found an opportunity to play within his means. The gig was good but short. Just over two seasons later, he was again on the move, this time to the Quebec Nordiques, where he found regular action for parts of four seasons before retiring after a brief stint with the Red Wings in 1990.


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