The Colorado Avalanche announced today that defenseman Karl Stollery has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters. Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, out with a groin injury, has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 15 in order to open up roster space for Stollery.
Stollery made his NHL debut with the Avalanche last year on Jan. 11 in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. His first stint in the league concluded with two games played and two penalty minutes earned through roughly 13 minutes of action.
This season, Stollery has three goals and four assists in 16 games with the Monsters. He finished second in defensive scoring for Lake Erie last year, putting up seven goals and 23 assists in 68 games.
Stollery's call-up seems to be a precautionary measure, as Avs rear guard Erik Johnson left last night’s 4-3 overtime win in Arizona after a hit.
Stollery joins fellow Monsters Andrew Agozzino, Sami Aittokallio, Paul Carey, Calvin Pickard, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour, all of whom have been called up to Colorado recently.
A Monster in Net
Monsters netminder Calvin Pickard is having quite a memorable year for himself.
He saw his NHL debut on Oct. 16, coming in to replace an injured Reto Berra after being an emergency call-up for Semyon Varlamov—who left that day’s morning skate with a groin injury. Then Pickard received his first start on Oct. 18, playing in front of friends and family at the notorious Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, against a team that he grew up watching in Canada.
Goalie - COL
GAA: 2.00 | Sv%: .933
For Pickard, it was a longstanding dream finally realized, despite still seeking that big first victory between the pipes. Little did he know the dream would continue, as he was again recalled to stand in for Varlamov. Serving as backup to Berra once more, Pickard ended up playing in both of Colorado’s last two contests, relieving Berra in the first period of each game.
Facing hefty deficits in both, Pickard shut the door, stopping all of the shots he faced while his teammates battled back to tie the games and force the eventual wins—his first two in the NHL.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pickard is just the fifth netminder to record victories in back-to-back games while playing in a relief capacity. He joins Jon Casey (1994-95 Blues), Jacques Cloutier (1981-82 Sabres), Johan Hedberg (2005-06 Stars) and Jussi Markkanen (2005-06 Oilers) in the NHL annals.
Pickard is also the first NHL goalie ever to record his first two wins in that fashion, according to Elias. He has also entered three of his four games this year during the first period after starting each contest on the bench.
The 22-year-old puck stopper is 2-2-0 on the season with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.
According to head coach Patrick Roy, Pickard will get the start tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Center.