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.

2013-14: Pickard played 43 games for Colorado AHL affiliate Lake Erie — splitting the goaltending duties with Sami Aittokallio. He was 16-18-7 with two shutouts and had a 2.85 goals against and .906 save percentage. The Monsters missed the AHL playoffs; finishing fourth in the North Division.

Talent Analysis

Pickard is a technically-sound netminder. He uses his confidence and good goalie instincts to play a simple but smart game. He has shown in the past he is more than capable of being relied upon as a workhorse goalie.

Future

Pickard attended camp with Colorado before being assigned to AHL affiliate Lake Erie for his third pro season in 2014-15. Re-called by the Avalanche after an injury to starter Semyon Varlamov in October, he made his NHL debut on Oct. 16th after a first period injury to Reto Berra. He made his first NHL start in Montreal two nights later before being returned to Lake Erie. Varlamov is the clear number one goalie for Colorado but a groin muscle injury necessitated re-calling Pickard again in November. At this point Pickard's potential as an NHL goaltender, let alone a starter, is still uncertain.

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