Calvin Pickard is quietly having himself a stellar 2019-20 campaign with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins. This past week he was named the league’s best player following a three-game stretch that saw the 27-year-old Winnipeg product pick up back-to-back-to-back wins.
Despite failing to remain with the Detroit Red Wings out of camp, the former Winnipeg Monarch has seen three games in the NHL this season in Hockeytown. Unfortunately the Red Wings are a very bad hockey team and Pickard did not receive much support in either of those contests, picking up two losses in the process.
But with Grand Rapids, it has been a totally different story for Pickard. In 24 games, he owns a 2.90 goals against average and a .902 save percentage, while boasting a 13-8-5 record. The left-catching backstop went 3-0-0 in his last three games, stopping 82 of 86 shots in the process while posting a 1.33 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.
On Wednesday, Pickard stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced in Milwaukee against the first place Admirals, before shutting out the Manitoba Moose 1-0 at home Friday. The following day he stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 6-2 win in the second of two games against his hometown Moose. Following his strong slew of performances, Pickard earned a call-up to the Red Wings on Sunday.