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Oilers place Calvin Pickard on waiver for assignment to Bakersfield Condors

Oilers place Calvin Pickard on waiver for assignment to Bakersfield Condors

This morning, the Edmonton Oilers announced via their social media channels that the team has placed (G) Calvin Pickard on a waiver for assignment to the Bakersfield Condors.

Brought to town as an insurance policy in case anything happens with Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner, Calvin Pickard is a guy who’s been around for a long time and can handle the role if needed. So far in pre-season, at least in my eyes, Pickard has looked like a solid third option as he’s been able to hold the ship steady in every appearance, often making huge saves at key moments. And if I’m being honest, knowing that we have a capable third option there on our depth chart is incredibly reassuring because we know that at some point we’re going to need him. The tricky part, of course, will be whether he clears waivers or not, as the Oilers have been burned with this process and their third front guard. Do you remember Anton Forsberg?

Originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round (49th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he toured several organizations before being signed by the Oilers to a two-year contract l ‘last summer. If Pickard clears the waivers, he will need to provide a strong foundation for Bakersfield while teaching his young teammates how to do it professionally. For players like Ryan Fanti and Olivier Rodrigue – we’ll see how long both guys spend with the Condors – having a veteran with hundreds of pro games under his belt will surely be an advantage to their overall progression. As for what he will do in Edmonton with the Oilers, that remains to be seen but I don’t think I’m talking outside of school when I say (with love) that I hope we don’t see him again soon.

In 116 NHL games played, Pickard has a 35-54-10 record to go along with four shutouts, a 3.04 GAA and a .903 save percentage.