At the age of 26, Calvin Pickard has yet to make an impact on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ starting goaltender debate. While he’s only played for two teams (and been a member of three, technically) and drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft you gotta wonder when he gets a shot at the top spot. Of course, Frederik Andersen currently sits in that top spot with Curtis McElhinney as a backup goaltender.
Calvin was originally drafted in by the Avalanche is 2010 in the second round. He played and even had a top spot on the team during his tenure with the Avalanche. During the off season, he was exposed in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft where the Vegas Golden Knights selected him.
Unfortunately for Calvin, the Vegas Golden Knights never really gave him a chance as they had claimed prospect Malcom Subban off waivers from the Boston Bruins. The Knights had then decided to go with the tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Subban as their future. Calvin was dealt to the Leafs in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick and Tobias Lindberg.
Calvin helped Team Canada win a gold medal in 2016 where he played a total of 2 games.
Gettin’ the auto
I got this great Upper Deck Team Canada hockey card signed by Calvin Pickard, obviously featured in Team Canada threads. My mail was sent to the Toronto Marlies and returned back to me in 238 days. I’d say if you’re looking at sending to players that are on the cusp of making the Leafs roster, send to the Marlies. I got back Ben Smith earlier in the year.
Only time will tell if Calvin Pickard stays or goes to another team.
A video review of Calvin Pickard
Take a peek at this video of Garret Sparks and Pickard discussing mask designs.