Colorado Avalanche prospect #3 — G Calvin Pickard
Jan 21, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Calvin Pickard (31) warms up in net before the game against the Boston Bruins the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Calvin Pickard is one of many goaltender selections the Avalanche has made in the past drafts, while being one of the very few that actually show the ability to play in the NHL. This past season, he played 16 games in the NHL, posting a .932 save-percentage. It remains to be seen if he could keep that up over a whole season in the NHL, but the potential is definitely there.
If it wasn’t for Colorado Avalanche backup Reto Berra, Pickard would easily be the first choice to be Semyon Varlamov’s backup. However, Berra is there, Berra is on a one-way contract and Berra makes NHL money. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will find a way to sort it out, but where will that put Pickard for next season?
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