|Written by Andrew Ward|
April 2013 - Calvin Picard has been called up for another stint with the Colorado Avalanche April 23rd and will serve as back up to Varlamov. Andrew Ward
February 2013 – Calvin Pickard is a work horse type goalie; his playing style is comparable to Tim Thomas, being a butterfly hybrid goalie, he adjusts to whatever style is needed to make the save. Pickard has sound positioning and excellent net presence. He tends to see a lot of rubber, and that hasn’t changed with the Lake Erie Monsters, facing 822 shots this season in 1582 minutes of play. He is currently sharing the net with Sami Aittokallio but has still carried the majority of minutes for the team. In his first full time campaign with the Lake Erie Monsters Pickard leads the team with 13 wins, and a respectable .914 save percentage, complimented by three shutouts. At only 6-1, Pickard is deceptively large in net and has a very relaxed demeanor between the pipes. Although December wasn’t his best month, winning only two of six games played, he followed it up by winning six of seven for the month of January. In his final campaign with The Seattle Thunderbirds he not only led in minutes played, he became the WHL’s all-time leader in saves. This bodes well for Pickard as he seems to get better facing a higher number of shots. With COL sitting at the high end of shots faced over the last two years, he is likely to be comfortable in that style of play.
Fantasy Outlook: B-
Pickard is still two to three years from seeing any real time with the big club. With Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere locked up until 2014, Pickard won’t be seeing any NHL minutes anytime soon, barring an injury or trade.
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|Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:41|