September 16 2016 11:47PM
The Canucks and their fans have high hopes for Thatcher Demko this season. There's bound to be a learning curve, though, and adjustments made along the way for the young blue chip goaltender. That process began tonight in Penticton.
The Canucks Young Stars struggled throughout the first half of the game on Friday night, though Demko did his part to keep the Canucks within striking distance. Known for challenging shooters in the NCAA, Demko will need to modify his approach to avoid getting himself in trouble against better, more polished offensive players.
Based on tonight's showing, those adjustments are already taking hold.
September 16 2016 11:39PM
The Canucks kicked off their first leg of the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton playing host to the much improved Edmonton Oilers. It was a bona fide who's who of the next wave of these Pacific Division foes, as the fourth and fifth overall picks in this year's draft led their respective clubs.
Though the Canucks were outmatched early and struggled to muster much in the way of a forecheck, they found their legs about midway through the second to claw back within one and keep the game relatively tight right to the bitter end. They left the first period trailing by two (including a shorthanded marker) but clawed within one on the strength of a Marc-Olivier Roy backhand halfway through the first.
On the strength of Roy's goal, the Canucks continued to launch wave after wave at the Oilers net, pulling ahead on a shot clock that at the halfway point tilted heavily in the Oilers favour. Unfortunately for the Canucks, that's as close as they came. Jesse Puljujarvi led an Oilers rush into the offensive zone and buried a wrist shot top shelf on Thatcher Demko to put the game away. The Oilers added an empty-netter to seal the deal, securing a 4-1 victory.
September 16 2016 09:49PM
The 2016 Young Stars Classic kicked off today in Penticton. The four western Canadian teams have arrived in BC's southwest interior, ready to match up their prospects against each other. The tournament will showcase some of the NHL's best prospects, with Kyle Connor, Thatcher Demko, Matthew Tkachuk, and Jesse Puljujarvi donning their team's jerseys for the first time in game play. Each team's front office staff will be overseeing the action, and this includes Trevor Linden, who spoke with TSN 1040 about the Canucks prospects to keep an eye on.
September 16 2016 05:00PM
Actual hockey is being played! With the World Cup of Hockey and the annual Young Stars Tournament getting underway, fun things are finally happening in the world of the Canucks.
September 16 2016 04:58PM
Training camp is upon us, as the rookies get their shot at the Young Stars tournament starting up in Pentiction. In this edition of the roundtable, we focus in on PTO's.