Pickard miffed at missing first round

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:54 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Calvin Pickard wouldn’t let his face show what he was feeling inside Friday.

But the Seattle Thunderbirds goaltender let it out on Saturday.

Pickard, the top-ranked North American goaltender according to NHL Central Scouting and projected as a potential first rounder at the NHL draft, was passed over Friday night when the first 30 picks were made.

He didn’t have to wait long Saturday to hear his name as the Colorado Avalanche made him their second-round pick, 49th overall.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you I wasn’t disappointed,” after not being taken in the first round Friday, said Pickard. “I knew there was an outside chance I would be taken in the second round. But you just put your suit and your face back on.”

Pickard’s brother, Chet, also a goaltender, was taken 18th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2008. He was there to clap Calvin on the back when his name was called. He also told his younger brother to keep his game face on and not show any emotion “because the camera could be on you.”

But Pickard was all smiles in the interview area after he had donned an Avalanche sweater.

“It’s quite the experience to get your name called,” said Pickard. “But until it’s called, it’s quite something.

“It was tough. I thought I had a pretty good chance of getting into the first round. You really don’t know what the teams are thinking or what they need at a certain point. It didn’t work out that way and I’m tremendously honoured to go to the Colorado Avalanche.”

Pickard said the Avalanche had shown quite a bit of interest in him in the runup to the draft.

He wound up being the third goaltender taken in the draft. The Dallas Stars made American Jack Campbell the first goalie selected Friday night, using the 11th pick of the draft while the Phoenix Coyotes made Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs the second, chosen with the 27th pick overall.

Campbell had been rated second among North American goaltenders by CSB while Visentin was fourth.

chris.stevenson@sunmedia.ca


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