Vancouver Canucks top prospects of week 26: Demko, Dahlen, Gadjovich

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 31: Thatcher Demko
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 31: Thatcher Demko /
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No. 1 – G Thatcher Demko (Utica Comets, AHL)

It’s odd how I don’t get too many chances to feature Thatcher Demko on this list. His season has been nothing short of remarkable, but when you have players like Gaudette, Pettersson and Lind lighting up the scoresheet, it’s hard to ignore.

Nonetheless, Demko had a nice week. He got the start in two of three games this week, and went to extra time in both. Utica lost the first game to Syracuse and Demko made 20 saves on 22 shots. He was named the third star of the game for his efforts.

Demko got the call for the team’s final game of the regular season against Binghamton. The Comets won the wild game 4-3 and Demko stopped 30 of 33 shots. At the end of the regular season, he finished with a .923 save percentage and 2.43 GAA. Demko also set a Utica record.

Unfortunately, I can’t find better stats for AHL goalies, such as goals saved above average. This is all I got. Demko will be competing against Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks. His competition has a .936 save percentage and GAA of 1.79 (with two fewer games played).

Goaltending will be vital during this first round of the Calder Cup playoffs. It’s not fair to rest most of your hopes on your goalie, but that’s where the Comets are. They are outmanned and outgunned and will not win playing a loose game.

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Defence is key for this series. Trent Cull will have to do his best to squeeze the most out of his lineup. He’s been doing it all season, so sometimes, you just need a little faith. Game one between the Comets and Marlies starts Saturday, April 21st.