Vancouver Canucks prospects of week 12: Hughes, Demko, Carcone

VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 31: Thatcher Demko
VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 31: Thatcher Demko /
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No. 2 – Thatcher Demko (G) (Utica Comets, AHL)

The return of Thatcher Demko has been greatly anticipated by Canucks fans. Some were not happy with his preseason and hoped he would get back to action quickly. Concussions are frightening and this league does not do enough to admit nor address the real problems at hand.

We are seeing that now with Sven Baertschi, who can’t even work out for 15 minutes without getting dizzy. Young men live impaired lives after hockey and some died prematurely to fulfill the outdated “tough guy” role that continues to be misinterpreted despite the research we have.

My soap box aside, it is good to see Thatcher Demko again. Some jumped the gun early, brushing him off to the side to make way for Michael DiPietro. Keep in mind, DiPietro has yet to play a professional game. If you are ready to jump off the Demko wagon, all I ask is to wait until we see both play a season in the minors. It seems premature to write off Demko yet.

With that all in mind, it’s fantastic to hear that the Comets have won three straight games since our last prospect update. Yeah, the AHL is cruel. Teams can play three games in four nights for several consecutive weekends. And it’s good to see the Comets climb out of their own losing streak like the Canucks.

Demko played in two games, one against Laval and one against Belleville. His first game was a relatively light test, making 19 saves on 21 shots and earning the first star of the night. CanucksArmy’s Cory Hergott said Demko was good and did not at all look rusty.

He busier against Belleville, making 26 saves on 28 shots. Not overworked, but still good. Demko also made a great save on a breakaway during the second period.