First Drafted – Pickard

Tonight the NHL is having the first round of their draft and Chet Pickard was the first goalie taken. Nashville takes the Tri-Cities Americans with the 18th overall pick. Pickard has good size (6’2″ 210 lbs) and apparently moves very well in the net.

I’m sure he will not see regular NHL duty for until the 2012-13 season considering the goalie situaiton in Nashville (assuming they feel Ellis can do the job). That would be ideal for Pickard’s development.

The Central Scouting’s Al Jensen, a previous netminder with Washington had this to say about Pickard-

“Number one he is very confident. He is very strong in his crease and he isn’t predictable. His net coverage is very good and he reads the play well. I think he presents himself very well in the net and he has very good goalie instincts. He is very consistent which is a big positive for him. He is able to put any bad goals behind him; he doesn’t let anything bother him yet he is very competitive.  The first time I saw Pickard, I saw Olaf Kolzig — I saw him big time in there.”


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