The Goalie Shuffle Begins — Chet Pickard returns to Europe

Photo Courtesy of Steven Christy. All Rights Reserved. 

Between the Edmonton Oilers, OKC Barons and Bakersfield Condors there were 5 2-way contract and 2 AHL contract goaltenders in the system this past season: Richard Bachman, Frans Tuohimaa, Olivier Roy (traded to Calgary in return for Brossoit); Laurent Brossoit, Tyler Bunz, Ty Rimmer and Chet Pickard. (In addition to that group, OKC also saw Ilya Bryzgalov, on a brief conditioning stint, and Jason LaBarbera for two games as well for a total of 9 goalies suiting up in OKC.)

Ty Rimmer and Chet Pickard were the 2 goalies of this group signed to AHL contracts, and both spent brief periods in OKC this past season. Rimmer was called up to the Barons in December and March, playing 3 games in OKC but he spent most of his time with the Quad City Mallards in the Central Hockey League and was chosen for that league’s All-Rookie Team. Chet Pickard started the season in OKC and went back and forth between OKC and Bakersfield a few times during the season, playing 6 games with OKC and 21 with the Bakersfield Condors.

With this many minor league goalies in the system it was inevitable that we would see goaltender departures postseason and this morning came news that Chet Pickard, drafted in 2008, 1st round 18th overall by the Nashville Predators, signed with the Odense Bulldogs in the Danish Metal Ligaen. Pickard should do very well in the Danish league and be a major component of this coming season’s team in Odense. He has previous experience in the northern European leagues when he played with Djurgården in the Swedish Allsvenskan league in 2012-13 and out of that season came some of the best stats of his professional career.

We wish you all the best, Chet!