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Prospect Pickard is quite a package

Updated: February 18, 2010, 3:45 PM ET
By Alvin Chang

The average WHL goalie faces about 28 shots a game. Calvin Pickard, the draft's top-rated North American goalie per Central Scouting, faces 34.5.

It's the result of playing behind a very inexperienced defense -- something Pickard refuses to blame. And even though he manages to stop a respectable 91.3 percent of pucks, the Seattle Thunderbirds are a dismal 12-28-5-4.

For the T-birds to have a shot, Pickard has to be brilliant -- and lucky. In the team's 12 victories, Pickard's save percentage is a staggering .962. Sometimes, he has to be better than brilliant, like on Oct. 2 when he stopped all 57 shots from the Tri-City Americans for a 1-0 win.

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