Calvin Pickard
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Calvin Pickard

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-04-15

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2010

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

2nd overall (49th overall) 2010

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Calvin Pickard played for the Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA club, registering a 1.91 goals-against average in 40 games.  Calvin’s older brother, Chet, was a first round selection of the Nashville Predators at the 2008 NHL Draft.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Pickard played in 47 games for the Seattle Thunderbirds.  He posted a 3.05 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage.  He finished with a 23-16-1-4 record.  In 5 playoff games, Pickard had a 3.03 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage for the Thunderbirds.  Earned a gold medal at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Under-18 Tournament while playing for Team Canada.

2009-10: In 62 games for the Thunderbirds, Pickard registered a 3.09 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.  His record for the season was 16-34-7-5.  Pickard played for the victorious Team Cherry squad at the 2010 CHL Top Prospects Game.

2010-11: Pickard skated in 68 games for Seattle and was named to the WHL West Second All-Star team despite skating for a last-place team. Pickard finished with a 27-41 record with eight of those losses in overtime and had one shutout. He finished with a 3.36 GAA and .916 save percentage.

2011-12: Pickard made his pro debut in a pair of games for Colorado’s AHL affiliate Lake Erie following his fourth season with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. He made a third period relief appearance replacing Monsters’ starter Cedrick Desjardins on March 31st in a 4-0 loss to Texas and started the next night against the Stars, making 25 saves in an 8-4 win. Pickard was a workhorse for an overmatched Thunderbirds team in Seattle. He played in 64 of 72 games and was 25-39 with 2 losses coming in overtime. On a Seattle team that missed the playoffs after finishing last in the U.S. Division, he had 5 shutouts with a 3.59 goals against and .906 save percentage.

2012-13: Pickard assumed the starting role for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie in his first pro season. In a bit of an up-and-down season he appeared in 47 games and was 20-19-5 with 5 shutouts and had a 2.47 goals against and .918 save percentage. Lake Erie finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs.

 

Talent Analysis

Pickard is a technically-sound netminder with a penchant for stopping the puck. Despite playing at the junior level, he has already proven capable of taking on a heavy workload.

 

Future

Pickard earned his spot as the number one goaltender for the Lake Erie Monsters in the 2012-13 season and looks to be in the same position in 2013-14. He is projected to be an NHL starting goaltender but his spot on the Avalanche depth chart will be pushed by teammate Sami Aittokallio.

 

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