2. G Thatcher Demko (2.0)
The Vancouver Canucks seem to be a goalie factory that likes to kick them all out sooner or later (you remember the Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo vs. Eddie Lack drama). They better find a way to keep this one.
Thatcher Demko might be the real deal — a franchise goalie like King Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. Seriously, he’s that good.
Personally, I had Demko ranked as the Canucks’ current No. 1 prospect. There are several elite forwards in most drafts while elite goaltenders are much harder to come by. Even if a team manages to draft a goalie with elite potential in the first round of the draft, there is no guarantee that he will become what he is expected to become.
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Which is why the Canucks can feel especially lucky for drafting Demko in the second round, 36th overall, in 2014.
At just 20 years old, Demko is a junior at Boston College. In his third NCAA campaign, he is putting up incredible numbers that show just how good he is.
After 32 games this season, Demko sits at a 1.77 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage. Only Yale’s Alex Lyon, whom the Canucks are also showing interest in, has a better save percentage. He also broke Cory Schneider’s Boston College record for most shutouts in a single season at nine.
Demko was a 2014 Mike Richter Award nominee, a 2015 finalist, and has just been nominated again this year. The award honours the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey.
Floor: NHL backup
Ceiling: Elite starter
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