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Calvin Pickard | Goalie | #31

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/15/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (49) / COL
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Calvin Pickard from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick and Tobias Lindberg.
Pickard successfully cleared waivers on Friday and because of that, he will report to the AHL's Marlies. Toronto could have simply claimed Pickard, but this way they can stash him in the AHL for now and only summon him in the event of an injury or if they become unsatisfied with the performance of current backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. This is a nice boost to Toronto's organizational depth in goal. Oct 6 - 4:20 PM

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Calvin Pickard went unclaimed on waivers.

That's interesting given that Pickard comes with a reasonable $1 million cap hit for the 2017-18 campaign and would be an upgrade in the backup gig for several teams. That being said, Pickard clearing waivers doesn't necessarily mean he'll stay within Vegas' organization. Teams might actually be more willing to acquire him now because they can trade for him and then safely store him in the AHL. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights have Malcolm Subban as their backup goaltender.
Oct 6 - 12:17 PM

Calvin Pickard has been placed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Very interesting. Vegas claimed Malcolm Subban off waivers from Boston, so if the Golden Knights didn't make a move then they would have been entering the season with three goaltenders. That's never a great position to be in so in that regard this move makes perfect sense. Still, the 25-year-old Pickard has a fair amount of potential despite his disappointing 2016-17 campaign behind a terrible Avalanche squad. It wouldn't be at all surprising to see Pickard claimed, especially given that he only comes with a $1 million cap hit for the 2017-18 campaign.
Oct 5 - 12:24 PM

Calvin Pickard understands he's entering the season as the backup goaltender.

It's a role Pickard is familiar with at the NHL level, but it's also a step down from 2016-17 when he played in 50 games with Colorado due to Semyon Varlamov missing a good chunk of the campaign. Now Pickard is firmly behind Marc-Andre Fleury in the depth charts, so he'll have to deal with limited playing time again. "Every NHL team needs two good goalies," said Pickard. "There’s a lot of back-to-back situations, a lot of of times where I’m going to need to play, and when I get in there. I’ve got to take advantage of my opportunities. I’m just trying to get more and more comfortable every day here, get used to my teammates and … make sure I’m sharp come the regular season." Although Pickard played frequently last season, he left plenty to be desired on the ice, but he also had a terrible team in front of him. Vegas isn't likely to be great this season either, but Pickard has a shot at bouncing back here.
Sep 19 - 9:43 AM

Calvin Pickard is embracing the challenge of playing with an expansion team.

Pickard went from Colorado to Vegas in the expansion draft, where he's expected to be Marc-Andre Fleury's backup goaltender. "It's a new experience for all of us, every staff member, every player," Pickard said. "If we go in with an open mind, it's going to be a lot of fun. We're playing in the NHL in Las Vegas, so I think a lot of people would take that. Everybody's going to be really excited for sure." Pickard is saying all the right things, but don't expect him to have much, if any, fantasy value this season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:01 PM

Calvin Pickard has been selected in the expansion draft by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Pickard had a 15-31-2 record for the Avalanche in 2016-17. The team was disastrous on the ice, but the 25-year-old goaltender has solid potential. He won a silver medal with Canada at the World Hockey Championship. Pickard could be the backup netminder for the Golden Knights in 2017-18.
Jun 21 - 8:33 PM

The Colorado Avalanche decided to expose Calvin Pickard in the expansion draft over Semyon Varlamov.

That's a bit interesting given that Varlamov is coming off a very rough season and has a $5.9 million annual cap hit. Pickard didn't look great in 2016-17 either, but he's affordable and has more potential. Still, this could be the Avalanche showing their support of their veteran goaltender and signally their belief that Varlamov will bounce back next season. We'll have to wait until Wednesday to see if Vegas chooses to select Pickard.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 18 - 12:58 PM

Calvin Pickard made 24 saves on 27 shots in a 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Sunday.

Pickard finishes with a 15-31-2 record this season, 2.98 goals against average and .904 save percentage. It's a step back from his rookie season, but it was a step back for everyone on the Avs' roster.
Apr 9 - 11:57 PM

Calvin Pickard will get the season finale on Sunday against the Blues.

Through 40 games this season the young netminder sports a 15-30-2 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.98 GAA.
Apr 7 - 9:44 PM

Calvin Pickard allowed all four goals in a 4-3 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.

There isn't much good to say about the Avalanche at this point but Pickard has shown some flashes behind a terrible squad. He has a 2.98 goals-against-average with a .914 save percentage in 49 appearances, a career high by far.
Apr 7 - 12:40 AM

Calvin Pickard will be in net against the Wild on Thursday.

Pickard has managed to go 2-1 in three games against Minnesota thus far, allowing six goals against on 95 combined shots. Not too shabby, all things considered.
Apr 6 - 5:45 PM

Calvin Pickard blocked 24 of 27 shots in a 4-3 overtime win against Chicago Tuesday night.

Pickard was scored on three times in a row to put his team at a 3-0 deficit halfway through the second period, but they team kept the faith. Pickard then blocked the remaining shots of the period and had a perfect third period while his team scored three goals to force overtime. This was Pickard’s second win in five games. Both wins came during overtime.
Apr 5 - 12:16 AM

Calvin Pickard will get the start in Tuesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Pickard hasn't been a viable fantasy option this season and that won't change in the final week of the season. He has just one win in his last seven decisions. He owns a 14-29-2 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.
Apr 4 - 6:43 PM

Calvin Pickard got yanked after serving up four goals during Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Wild.

Pickard stopped just 12 of 16 shots during his 23:31 of play. He also failed to stop the only shot he saw while on the penalty kill. The effort drops his record to 14-29-2 this season.
Apr 2 - 8:46 PM

Calvin Pickard will be in net Sunday against the Wild.

If there's one team Pickard has be dominant over, it's the Wild. In two games he has just two goals against, with a shutout, and a pair of victories.
Apr 1 - 6:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Auston Matthews
2Nazem Kadri
3Tyler Bozak
4Dominic Moore
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Patrick Marleau
3Zach Hyman
4Matt Martin
5Eric Fehr
6Josh Leivo
7Joffrey Lupul
RW1William Nylander
2Mitch Marner
3Leo Komarov
4Connor Brown
5Nathan Horton
D1Jake Gardiner
2Morgan Rielly
3Nikita Zaitsev
4Connor Carrick
5Ron Hainsey
6Andreas Borgman
7Calle Rosen
G1Frederik Andersen
2Curtis McElhinney