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 two-year, $2.10 million contract extension with the Canucks in April of 2019.
Lands first career shutout
GVancouver Canucks
March 1, 2021
Demko turned aside 27 shots Monday in a 4-0 win over the Jets.
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Demko was staked to a 3-0 lead before the game was 15 minutes old, and the 25-year-old clamped things down for career shutout No. 1. His performance also snapped his four-game losing skid and was just his second win in nine appearances (2-6-1) since the start of February. Demko will likely receive the night off in Tuesday's rematch with the quick turnaround.
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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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Tabbed for third straight start
GVancouver Canucks
March 1, 2021
Demko will protect the road net in Monday's game versus the Jets.
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No support in loss
GVancouver Canucks
February 25, 2021
Demko made 31 saves on 33 shots in Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Oilers. The third goal was an empty-netter.
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Making second straight start
GVancouver Canucks
February 25, 2021
Demko will defend the home goal in Thursday's game versus the Oilers.
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Unravels in loss
GVancouver Canucks
February 23, 2021
Demko surrendered four goals on 29 shots in a 4-3 loss to the Oilers in Tuesday.
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Taking on Oilers
GVancouver Canucks
February 23, 2021
Demko will guard the home goal in Tuesday's game versus the Oilers.
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