With the Cincinnati Cyclones’ ECHL season over, the Nashville Predators have elected to call up goaltender prospect Chet Pickard.
Don’t read too much into this move, however. If they wanted to get Pickard playing time, they would have assigned him to the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. Instead, they called him up to the big club so that the 2008 first round pick can work closer with goaltending coach Mitch Korn and, maybe more importantly, give work horse Pekka Rinne some practices off.
Rinne, a Vezina Trophy finalist last season and a probable finalist this season, has started a ridiculous 71 games this year, tied for the league lead with Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller. Additionally, Rinne may be called upon to finish out the regular season seeing as how winning out would virtually guarantee home advantage for the Preds.
Pickard was 14-12-0-2 (wins-losses-OT losses-shootout losses) with the Cylcones this season. You can hear our interview with the Winnipeg, Manitoba native on the December 30, 2011...