Thatcher Demko

Thatcher Demko

28-Year-Old GoalieG
Vancouver Canucks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Demko was awful to begin 2022-23, posting an .883 save percentage before suffering a groin injury that cost him nearly three months. Once he returned, he looked more like himself, posting a .918 save percentage over his last 17 games of the season. Demko was excellent over the previous two campaigns as the Canucks' primary starter, but it's unclear if he can handle the physical demands of what is likely to be a heavy workload behind a somewhat shoddy defense. He's also never posted a GAA lower than 2.72, so expectations heading into 2023-24 should be tempered given the relative lack of improvements to the Canucks' roster. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Canucks in March of 2021.
Returns to crease Tuesday
GVancouver Canucks
April 15, 2024
Demko (knee) will be activated from long-term injured reserve ahead of his home start against Calgary on Tuesday, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports.
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Demko will return from a 14-game absence because of a knee injury. He has a 34-13-2 record this season with five shutouts, a 2.47 GAA and a .917 save percentage through 49 games played. Calgary is tied for 17th in the league this campaign with 3.09 goals per contest.
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Feels ready to return
GVancouver Canucks
April 15, 2024
Demko, who's been sidelined with a knee injury, feels ready to return to action against Calgary on Tuesday, although he notes the final decision on his status will have to come from head coach Rick Tocchet, Brendan Batchelor of Sportsnet 650 reports.
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Demko has been sidelined since mid-March with his knee injury, but it looks like he could return for a regular season game or two before presumably taking over as Vancouver's workhorse in goal for the team's upcoming playoff run. Demko's gone 34-13-2 while posting a 2.47 GAA and a .917 save percentage through 49 contests this season.
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Demko recently completed his first year as Vancouver's unquestioned No. 1 goaltender, appearing in 64 of 82 regular season games. His 33 victories were an impressive total, although Demko's 2.72 GAA and .915 save percentage were much more pedestrian. The Canucks struggled as a team for a good portion of the year and that undoubtedly impacted the final numbers. Demko has displayed flashes of brilliance in his brief career and won't turn 27 years old until this coming December, so there appears to be a real chance Demko ends up undervalued from a fantasy perspective heading into the 2022-23 campaign. Don't forget his name on draft day.
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.
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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Recovery progressing
GVancouver Canucks
Knee
April 9, 2024
Demko's (knee) workload is increasing daily, and he could return to action as soon as Saturday versus Edmonton, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports.
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On long-term injured reserve
GVancouver Canucks
Knee
March 27, 2024
Demko (knee) was moved to long-term injured reserve Wednesday, retroactive to March 9.
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Facing 2-3 week absence
GVancouver Canucks
Undisclosed
March 11, 2024
Demko (undisclosed) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports Monday.
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Set to miss time
GVancouver Canucks
Undisclosed
March 11, 2024
Demko (undisclosed) is expected to miss some games, Rick Dhaliwal of CHEK television reports Monday.
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Exits Saturday's game
GVancouver Canucks
Undisclosed
March 9, 2024
Demko (undisclosed) won't return to Saturday's game versus the Jets.
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