'Peg's Pickard inks deal with Avs

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Winnipeg’s Calvin Pickard may not have cracked Canada’s 2010 world junior squad but he may soon be NHL-bound.

The Seattle Thunderbirds goalie signed a three-year entry-level agreement with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Pickard, 18, was a second-round Colorado pick in 2010. He didn’t allow the disappointment of failing to stick with Team Canada affect his play, posting a 27-33-3-5 record with a .916 save percentage in 68 WHL games with the T-Birds.

The 6-foot, 197-pound prospect will join the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, Colorado’s affiliate, so he could appear in the AHL post-season. The T-Birds failed to qualify for the WHL playoffs, but Pickard is expected to return to Seattle next season.

Chet Pickard, Calvin’s older brother who is also a netminder, previously signed an NHL pact with the Nashville Predators, and is playing in the ECHL.


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