Calvin Pickard

Hayden Soboleski

2016-07-16

Captain Jean Luc Pickard courtesy of the Denver Post

 

Calvin Pickard, G

Catches: L

Height: 6 – 1

Weight: 198

Born: 1992-04-15

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, CAN

Drafted: 2010 Round 2, 49th Overall by Colorado Avalanche

 

 

Observations:

July 2016 – Pickard signed a two year contract with the Avalanche at a price point just over 1 million per season – indicating that he has finally secured his role as a full time backup in Colorado. He has earned this spot with solid play when called up over the last few seasons, and has gotten hot enough in those times that stealing starts from Varlamov is a real possibility. Dont sleep on this backup in your leagues, as he has the potential to get an above-average number of starts and has bargain value. Hayden Soboleski

 

March 2016 – Between ongoing injuries to Berra and inconsistent play from Varlamov, Pickard has been given a fair amount of the starting duty in Colorado. He's up to 11 starts on the season and a 0.921 SV% – not quite as strong as he showed last season but close enough and good enough that this will likely be his last campaign where he spends time in the AHL. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2015 – Pickard was briefly called up to the Avalanche in Varlamov's absence, where he recorded a disappointing 0.840 Sv% in two games (both were entered late in relief of Berra). He continues to dominate the AHL however, where he currently holds a 0.920 Sv%, 2.64 GAA, and a 8-3-0-1 record. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2015 – Pickard has been named AHL Goalie of the Month for October. Hayden Soboleski

 

September 2015 – Pickard has been assigned to the AHL and will be the starter for San Antonio until his first call-up duties (which he he thrived on in 2014-15). His battle with Reto Berra for the backup role on the Avalanche is ongoing, and Berra's leash will be short if Pickard can match or improve on his excellent numbers from last season. Hayden Soboleski

 

August 2015 – Pickard has signed a two-way, one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. He will compete with Berra (whose pricier contract may give provide an advantage) for the backup role behind Varlamov next season but as proven last season, injuries can always lead to extended opportunities. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2015 – Thanks to injuries to Varlamov and Berra, Pickard ended up playing 16 games for the Avalanche in the 2014-15 season, going 6-7-3 with a GAA of 2.35 and a save percentage of 0.932. These stats were even better than the already strong numbers that he posted in 50 games in the AHL (23-17-9, 3 shutouts, 2.61 GAA and 0.917 SV %). Pickard has out-dueled his internal competition in the AHL and has become the top candidate for NHL call-ups when needed. Unexpected opportunities have given the technically-sound Pickard the chance to show that he is a viable option for the Avalanche if circumstances provide an opportunity.  Hayden Soboleski

 

October 2014­ Talk about being thrown into the fire; called up as an injury replacement for Varlamov -who is on IR due to a groin injury- Pickard was