A couple of weeks ago, former Tri-City goalie Chet Pickard was reassigned from the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.
Before being sent down, Chet was 0-3-1 in four games with the Admirals with a 3.47 GAA and a woeful .885 save percentage. A far cry from his rookie season last year when he went 14-16-3 with a 2.85 GAA and an .892 save percentage.
In Cincy, Chet hasn’t fared much better. He is 0-3-0 in four games with a 4.51 GAA average and an .833 save percentage.
Chet’s last victory was Feb. 5 — just over 9 months ago. He has started 16 times since then without a win. I don’t think this was what the Nashville Predators had in mind when they took Chet in the first round in 2008.
We’ve all seen Chet play, and play well. In 2007-08, he won 46 games, the Americans won their first U.S. Division title and he was WHL goalie of the year, an award he would win the next season, as well.
His play and his numbers are surprising. I really thought he was something special when he played here. I still do. Nashville has one of the best goalie coaches in the business in Mitch Korn and hopefully he can get Chet out of this funk. If not, maybe a visit — or a phone call — from former goalie coach Jerry Price would be in order. Couldn’t hurt.
At least Chet has a couple of friendly faces in the dressing room. Former Ams captain and defenseman T.J. Fast (4 goals, 1 assist in 10 games) is on the roster, as is Benn Olson (Kamloops, Seattle), who is a cousin to former Ams D-man Clayton Stoner.