Thatcher Demko

Thatcher Demko

26-Year-Old GoalieG
Vancouver Canucks
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Injury Covid-19
Est. Return 1/31/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
When the Cancuks selected the Boston College standout in the second round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, it was with the hope that Demko would one day be a workhorse netminder. It would appear that day draws near. Splitting the workload with veteran Braden Holtby, the 25-year-old Demko notched a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage behind a 16-8-1 record in 35 starts last season. While those statistics are rather pedestrian, the fact that Vancouver bought out Braden Holtby in the offseason and replaced him with 36-year-old Jaroslav Halak suggests Demko is likely to garner a significantly larger workload during the 2021-22 campaign. If the Canucks can make even modest improvements in their defensive game, Demko could take a big step forward this season. He has the potential to deliver solid fantasy value as a middle-round selection. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Canucks in March of 2021.
Won't leave with team
GVancouver Canucks
Covid-19
January 26, 2022
Demko (COVID-19 protocols) won't depart with the team ahead of its four-game road trip, though he could join up at a later date according to coach Bruce Boudreau, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
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The fact that Demko won't be part of the initial travel group effectively rules him out for at least Thursday's clash with Winnipeg and likely against Calgary on Saturday as well. Still, whenever the 26-year-old netminder is cleared to play and can his fitness level back to game level, he should retake his spot as the preferred option between the pipes for Vancouver.
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Demko became the regular backup to Jacob Markstrom in 2019-20, with the former making 27 appearances overall. He posted a 3.06 GAA, .905 save percentage and a 13-10-2 record during the regular season. Still viewed as the goalie of the future, Demko will compete with free-agent signing Braden Holtby for playing time in 2020-21. An even split of the starts wouldn't be surprising here, although Demko will likely be the technical backup unless he outplays Holtby significantly. Demko should approach a roughly 15-win pace and improve his ratios next year after posting a 0.64 GAA and .985 save percentage over four playoff appearances, three of which came in elimination games.
Demko will, barring a crazy turn of events, begin the 2019-20 season as Jakob Markstrom's backup in Vancouver. The young netminder made nine appearances last season and finished the year with a 4-3-1 record, along with a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage. Injuries slowed Demko's progress a year ago, but the 23-year-old is expected to play 25-30 games in 2019-20. He profiles as a solid reserve goalie in fantasy, but an injury to Markstrom could quickly raise Demko's fantasy value and ceiling. Keep close tabs on him, and if you're looking for solid netminding value in the later rounds, Demko isn't a bad option (especially in dynasty formats).
In his second pro season, Demko improved his GAA from 2.68 to 2.44. Additionally, his save percentage spiked from .907 to .922 and he was named to the AHL All-Star Game. He's been AHL Utica's starter since leaving Boston College, and the Canucks will continue to groom Demko as their goalie of the future. They'll try to accomplish that by keeping him in the AHL for the 2018-19 season -- where Richard Bachman will back him up -- while Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson handle duties for the big club. Demko is one more year away from the NHL and he's not expected to play a big role for the Canucks this season.
Demko is yet another big (6-foot-4), athletic hybrid/butterfly twinetender with great lateral coverage. He’s strong and aggressive, and loves to challenge shooters. He doesn’t handle the puck very well and he doesn’t always catch the puck clean. But his overall game is very, very good -- his positioning is strong, his focus is sharp and his feet are really quick. Star? Maybe, maybe not. But he's definitely an above-average starter for a solid period of time. He’ll continue to play at Boston College in 2014-15.
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Officially enters protocols
GVancouver Canucks
Covid-19
January 20, 2022
Demko was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Thursday.
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Awaiting PCR results
GVancouver Canucks
Covid-19
January 20, 2022
Demko tested positive for COVID-19 via a rapid test Thursday morning, so the Canucks are now awaiting the results of his PCR test, Dan Murphy of Sportsnet reports.
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Takes win
GVancouver Canucks
January 18, 2022
Demko made 31 saves on 32 shots in a 3-1 win over the Predators on Tuesday.
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Tending twine Tuesday
GVancouver Canucks
January 18, 2022
Demko will get the starting nod for Tuesday's game in Nashville, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports.
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Ends skid in win
GVancouver Canucks
January 16, 2022
Demko made 31 saves on 33 shots in a 4-2 win over the Capitals on Sunday.
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