2007-08: Matt Calvert scored 24 goals and 40 assists while playing in all 72 regular season games for the Brandon Wheat Kings. During is rookie season, Calvert posted a plus-26 ranking. Playing alongside WHL Rookie of the Year, Brayden Schenn, Calvert was an integral component throughout the season for a club that was able to rely on its young forwards to produce offensively. The youth movement was proficient enough to make the playoffs. Calvert was consistently a force in the offensive zone last season and maintained his prominence throughout the second half of the regular season.
2008-09: Calvert was on arguably the best line in the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Teamed with 2009 first-round picks Schenn and Scott Glennie, Calvert put up 67 points in just 58 games. Was even invited to Team Canada’s Under-20 evaluation camp in December but could not participate due to injury. His overall game has picked up since the turn of the new year.
2009-10: Another stellar season in Brandon as Calvert tied Brayden Schenn (LAK) for the team lead with 99 points. The winger appeared in 68 games, leading the way with 47 goals along with 52 assists. He added 70 PIMs and a plus-47 rating to his regular season point totals. Calvert scored 9 goals and 7 assists in 15 WHL playoff games and 3 goals and 1 assist in 5 Memorial Cup games for the host team.
2010-11: Calvert made his NHL debut as a 21-year-old in early January and skated in 42 games with Columbus after spending the first half of the season with AHL Springfield. Calvert was one of the better two-way forwards for Columbus in his first season; finishing with 11 goals and 9 assists and a +3 plus/minus on a Blue Jackets team that finished last in the Central Division. In 38 games with the Springfield Falcons he scored 13 goals with 12 assists and was -3 with 12 PMs.
2011-12: Calvert started the season with the Blue Jackets and had three assists during a 13-game stretch between October 7th and November 19th. He was sent down to Springfield where he posted 36 points (17 goals and 19 assists) in 56 games.
Calvert’s good shot was absent in 13 games last season. The set back made questions begin to rise as to whether or not the winger was too small to play in the NHL. He is a pass-first type of player, which may work against him moving forward.
Calvert has had chances to play in the NHL, but hasn’t consistently been able to stay. If Calvert doesn’t make an initial impact with the Jackets to start next season, he could be a player who floats between the AHL and NHL his entire career.