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Red Wings return Pickard to Griffins

Netminder has appeared in two NHL games in 2019-20

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned goaltender Calvin Pickard to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pickard has appeared in 19 games with the Griffins this season, posting a 9-7-3 record, 3.03 goals-against average, 0.893 save percentage and one shutout in his first season with the organization. The 27-year-old also made his Red Wings debut on Nov. 29 at Philadelphia, which marked the first of his two NHL appearances this season. Over parts of six NHL seasons, Pickard has a 32-52-9 record, 2.97 goal-against average, 0.906 save percentage and four shutouts with the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and Red Wings. Pickard has also appeared in 219 career AHL games since 2011-12 with the Lake Erie Monsters, San Antonio Rampage, Toronto Marlies, Tucson Roadrunners and Griffins, owning a 102-78-18 record, 2.65 goals-against average, 0.913 save percentage, 13 shutouts and a 2018 Calder Cup championship with Toronto.

Originally a second-round pick (49th overall) of the Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pickard signed a two-year contract with Detroit on July 1, 2019. The Moncton, New Brunswick, native is the Western Hockey League's all-time leader in saves (7,727) and minutes (14,025), combining for a 91-120-27 record, 3.29 goals-against average, 0.909 save percentage and 12 shutouts in four seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds (2008-12). He has also represented Canada at the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Championships, winning a gold and silver medal, respectively. 

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