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2008 NHL Draft: Chet Pickard

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2008 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the second round or might they move up to grab one of these top players to further bolster their system and hope they contribute to the big club one day?

Each week day, we'll take a look at three prospects and get Panthers Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Luce's opinion on each of them.

2008 NHL Entry Draft Site

    Chet Pickard
    Rank: No. 2 (North American)
    Position: Goalie
    Height/Weight: 6-2, 210
    DOB: Nov. 29, 1989

Team League GP GAA MINS SO SV%
2006-07 Tri-City WHL 29 2.85 1577 1 .902
2007-08 Tri-City WHL 64 2.32 3779 2 .918
Helped lead team to WHL Western Conference final with 1.78 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. Went 11-3-2 in playoffs. Finished first among WHL goalies with 46 wins (team record) and was fourth in save percentage (.918). Was WHL’s Goaltender of the Year.


Very confident. Strong in the crease and isn’t predictable. Net coverage is very good and reads the play well. Very consistent. Able to put bad goals behind him. Compares to Olaf Kolzig.


Technically sound with good mental focus. Uses size well. Good crease management.


NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL Player: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo
Shootout move: “Triple deke from the Mighty Ducks movie or a slap shot”
Goal celebration: “The classic Jaromir Jagr salute”
Video Game: Halo
Movie: Superbad
TV Show: The Hills
Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Artist: Tim McGraw
Book: Into thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Pump-up song: “This is who we are” by Hawthorne Heights
Food to cook: Grilled cheese
Sport (other than hockey): Baseball and golf
Toy growing up: Fake lawn mower and mini sticks
Place to shop: Abercrombie
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