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Pickard is top goalie in NHL central scouting midterm rankings

Seattle Thunderbirds goalie Calvin Pickard has been ranked the No. 1 goalie in the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings of players eligible for the 2010 NHL Draft. The Midterm Rankings were released Jan. 11.

Pickard, a 17-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a 12-19-2-4 record with a 2.76 goals against average and a .922 save percentage this season. Pickard has three shutouts this year. Last year Pickard was 23-16- 1-4 with a 3.05 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. He also had three shutouts in his rookie season.

There are five WHL goalies that have been ranked by Central Scouting. Click here for the Central Scouting Goalie Midterm Rankings

Calvin's older brother Chet, who starred for the Tri-City Americans, was a first-round pick, 18th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators. Chet is currently playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) for the Milwaukee Admirals.

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