Canucks: Four questions heading into upcoming season

EDMONTON, AB - MAY 15: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks battles against Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on May 15, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - MAY 15: Bo Horvat #53 of the Vancouver Canucks battles against Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on May 15, 2021 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) /
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VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 13: Goalie Thatcher Demko #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save during NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena on March 13, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC – MARCH 13: Goalie Thatcher Demko #35 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a save during NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Arena on March 13, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /

How will Thatcher Demko handle the starting role in a full 82 game season?

Thatcher Demko became the Canucks No.1 last season. He posted a 16-18-1 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and one shutout in 35 games. He had a slow start but got going in March before the team was hit with a COVID-19 outbreak.

With a full 82 game season, it will be a big test for Demko to see how well he can handle the starting role.

“I feel like there’s a ton more room for me to grow,” Demko told Sportsnet’s Iain Macintyre. “I think I can get a little bit better, a little more consistent start to finish. That just comes with experience. This year, I just want to take another step as far as maybe my presence in the locker room and becoming a little bit more of a leader maybe and just solidifying my role on the team and making sure I’m there every single night.”

Starters in the NHL tend to start at least 55 games per season and it will be interesting to see how Demko does with that many starts.

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