Calvin Pickard
Calvin Pickard
26-Year-Old GoalieG
Philadelphia Flyers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Shocked by Lightning
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 17, 2018
Pickard stopped 20 of 26 shots in Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Lightning.
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The 26-year-old coughed up six goals in a game for the second time this season, and it took a four-goal rally by the Flyers over the final 10 minutes of regulation to even salvage a point out of Pickard's performance. Despite his 3-1-2 record, the netminder has a woeful .852 save percentage on the season, and it's only the inability of Brian Elliott (lower body) and Michal Neuvirth (undisclosed) to stay healthy that's keeping Pickard in the NHL right now.
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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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Pitted against Lightning for matinee
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 17, 2018
Pickard will start in goal Saturday afternoon against the visiting Lightning, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
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Faces one shot in relief
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 16, 2018
Pickard entered Thursday's game against the Devils in relief of an injured Brian Elliott (groin). The former was on the ice for only 5:29, saving the lone shot that came his way.
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Chased in victory
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 9, 2018
Pickard allowed four goals on 18 shots Thursday, exiting in the second period of a 5-4 overtime win over Arizona.
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Between pipes against Coyotes
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 8, 2018
Pickard will defend the cage at home versus Arizona on Thursday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports.
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Supported well in Monday's win
GPhiladelphia Flyers
November 5, 2018
Pickard allowed two goals on 36 shots in Monday's 5-2 road win over the Coyotes.
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