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Pickard remains a top goalie prospect for 2010 NHL Draft

by Hockey Manitoba  |  April 8, 2010 9:22 am

Pickard and Campbell remain top goalies

Wednesday, 04.07.2010 / 12:00 PM / 2010 NHL Entry Draft

By Mike G. Staff Writer

The top two skaters may have switched spots on Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American players when the lists were released Wednesday, but there was no change in the order of the top two goalies eligible for the 2010 Entry Draft.

As was the case in the midterm report in January, Calvin Pickard of the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) and Jack Campbell of the United States National Team Developmental Program remained first and second, respectively.

"They are high-echelon guys who both have the potential to be drafted in the first round," Central Scouting’s Al Jensen told "My feeling is they’ll probably go in the second half of the first round. Pickard offers more of a calm, relaxed, positional style and is very confident. Campbell is the more the athletic, quick, reaction-style goalie who can make that huge, big save that could make a difference."

Pickard finished just 16-34-12 this season, with a 3.09 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and three shutouts. Those numbers, however, are partly due to the fact that Seattle finished with just 19 wins and 50 points, both third-fewest in the league. He faced at least 35 shots in a game 31 times in 62 games, at least 40 20 times, and more than 50 four times — he won three of those games, and lost a fourth in overtime.


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