Calvin Pickard
Calvin Pickard
27-Year-Old GoalieG
Detroit Red Wings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Calvin Pickard in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings in July of 2019.
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GDetroit Red Wings  Minors
July 1, 2019
Pickard signed a two-year contract with the Red Wings on Monday.
Detroit does not have any goalies -- including non-roster types -- under contract beyond the 2021-22 campaign, which means Pickard has a shot at countering his journeyman ways and finding a sense of continuity with one team. But then again, the Wings count as the sixth NHL club he's been associated with since his career began with the Avalanche five years ago, so there are no guarantees. Pickard owns a career 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage through 104 career contests.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pickard is in a three-way fight with Garret Sparks and Curtis McElhinney to be Frederik Andersen's backup in blue and white in 2018-19. Pickard had a strong showing with the Marlies last year. He went 21-9-2 in 33 games with a 2.31 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and one shutout. The 26-year-old netminder is probably third in line in that fight, so he'll likely end up back in the AHL. There's little fantasy value in that unless he (or one of the other goalies) gets traded.
The Golden Knights mercifully swooped Pickard away from the Colorado dumpster fire in the expansion draft, putting the promising young goalie in a much more desirable situation as Marc-Andre Fleury’s backup. Just 25 years of age and coming off a silver medal showing for Team Canada in the IIHF World Championship, Pickard could quickly work his way into the starting mix if Fleury doesn't improve on the 3.02 GAA and .909 save percentage he posted last year in Pittsburgh. Pickard owns a .914 career save percentage in 86 appearances, but that mark would be considerably higher if last year’s last-place Avalanche didn't hang him out to dry for a .904 mark in 50 games.
Pickard had himself another solid season in just his second year as a pro in 2015-16, posting a 7-6-1 record with a .922 save percentage, 2.56 GAA and one shutout. The 24-year-old outperformed his counterpart, Semyon Varlamov, albeit in a much smaller sample size. Despite the excellent numbers as Colorado's No. 2 option, Pickard is just that: a backup. The New Brunswick native may be safe from dropping down to the minors, where he performed admirably, but noticeably worse when comparing his production in the big leagues. Pickard could push for more starts this season, but really only becomes a useable asset if Varlamov happens to get injured again.
Pickard was very impressive in 16 appearances with the Avalanche last season, posting a .932 save percentage. While Semyon Varlamov is locked into the starting role, Pickard already appears to be a more trusted backup option than Reto Berra, who only made 19 appearances with the big club last season despite enjoying sound health. Even so, the one-way nature of Berra's deal will make it difficult for Pickard to open the upcoming season with an NHL job in hand, likely forcing the 23-year-old to head back to the AHL. Berra may be ahead on the depth chart for now, but if he again fails to earn the faith of coach Patrick Roy, Pickard could steal some crease time in Colorado. He’s got just 13 NHL starts under his belt, but Pickard is one of the more young and promising goaltenders out there. He’s not a guy you would probably spend a draft pick on in most fantasy leagues, but rather someone to pick up if either of the Avs’ other two goalies sees their fortune change for the worse.
Pickard was called upon as a spot backup in 2012-13 whenever one of the Avs' top goalies was sidelined with an injury. Pickard is the top goalie on the AHL roster and will see most of his starts there this season. The Avs goaltending was one of the worst in the NHL last season, so if there's continued trouble in Denver, Pickard could see some starts at the NHL level. Right now, he's not worth stashing on deep dynasty rosters -- he needs opportunity and a better team at the NHL level to make him desirable.
Pickard was selected by Colorado with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He is expected to return to the WHL for another season or two before turning pro.
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Expected to join Red Wings
GArizona Coyotes  Minors
June 30, 2019
Pickard is expected to sign a deal with Detroit when free agency opens up, Frank Seravalli of reports.
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Suffers loss in season finale
GArizona Coyotes  Minors
April 6, 2019
Pickard allowed four goals on 32 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Jets on Saturday.
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Between pipes Saturday
GArizona Coyotes  Minors
April 5, 2019
Pickard will tend twine at home for Saturday's season finale versus Winnipeg, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
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Struggles in relief
GArizona Coyotes  Minors
March 12, 2019
Pickard stopped 15 of 18 shots in a relief appearance during a 7-1 loss to Chicago on Monday.
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Torched by Flames
GArizona Coyotes  Minors
February 18, 2019
Pickard stopped 28 of 32 shots in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.
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