Thatcher Demko
Thatcher Demko
25-Year-Old GoalieG
Vancouver Canucks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Canucks in March of 2021.
Posts back-to-back wins
GVancouver Canucks
May 18, 2021
Demko turned aside 38 of 40 shots Tuesday in a 4-2 victory over Calgary.
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Demko was given a 3-0 cushion midway through the third period and hung on for the win despite a pair of late goals by the Flames. The 25-year-old has won consecutive starts for the first time since mid-March, although he'll almost certainly be on the bench for Wednesday afternoon's season finale. If that is indeed a wrap on Demko's 2020-21 campaign, he'll have finished 16-18-1 with a 2.85 GAA and .915 save percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Facing Flames
GVancouver Canucks
May 18, 2021
Demko will patrol the crease during Tuesday's home game versus Calgary.
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Notches win in Edmonton
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May 15, 2021
Demko turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 4-1 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
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Defending road crease Saturday
GVancouver Canucks
May 15, 2021
Demko will start Saturday's game in Edmonton.
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Yields four goals in loss
GVancouver Canucks
May 13, 2021
Demko allowed four goals on 28 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Flames.
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Starting in Calgary
GVancouver Canucks
May 13, 2021
Demko will patrol the crease during Thursday's road game versus the Flames.
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