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Pickard Strong at Hockey Canada Camp

by Jay Levin / Nashville Predators
Chet Pickard had a strong showing at Hockey Canada's 2008 Junior Development Camp. The camp, which featured 44 players, is part of the selection process for Team Canada's entry in this year's World Junior Championships (Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Ottawa, Ontario).

Pickard started the first scrimmage for Team White on Sunday (July 27) and left midway through the second period with the score tied 1-1 in an eventual 4-1 loss. Team White was outshot 16-10 in the first period and 14-8 in the second frame.

In Monday's scrimmage (July 28), Pickard entered midway through the second period and surrendered a penalty shot goal late in the middle frame. Though his team was out shot 12-4 in the final frame, Pickard then turned aside 10-of-12 shots in the third period to backstop Team White to a 4-3 win.

Pickard started the third scrimmage (July 29) for Team White. He kept the game close surrendering just one goal in first period, despite seeing his team get doubled up in shots against 16-8. Pickard gave way to Tyson Sexsmith midway through the game in Team White's 4-2 loss. Team Red won the scrimmage bragging rights taking two of the three games.

Pickard, considered by many analysts to be the favorite to earn the starting nod for Team Canada at the World Juniors, is one of four goaltenders in the Junior Development Camp -- joined by Jake Allen, Tyson Sexsmith, and Dustin Tokarski. None of the four were on last year's World Junior squad.

Pickard is the only Predators prospect at Hockey Canada's camp, but Jonathon Blum, Jeremy Smith, and Colin Wilson are all scheduled to participate in USA Hockey's Development Camp from Aug. 1-9 in Lake Placid, NY.
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