Why Thatcher Demko is ready to be a professional goaltender

Ryan Lambert
April 08 2016 01:56PM

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On Thursday night, Thatcher Demko and the Boston College Eagles were eliminated from the Frozen Four, meaning that Signing Watch is officially on. Heck, it might be over by the time you read this.

Demko is a goalie I saw live about a dozen times this season, and several more on television. I've also watched him play at least that often in each of his previous two seasons. I can tell you unequivocally that he's one of the best goaltending prospects I've seen come through NCAA hockey in quite a while and the Canucks would be very wise to sign him now. That's only because you don't want to get involved in a whole Jimmy Vesey-type drama, but also because Demko has nothing at all left to prove at the college level.

He's a professional goalie in every way but getting paid at this point, and really ought to be in the AHL.

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5 things: Is the Pacific worse than we thought?

Ryan Lambert
October 23 2015 02:46PM

The Pacific Division looks absolutely awful two and a half weeks into the season. Is this just a small sample size thing, or are these teams actually this bad? 

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5 Things: Projecting Brandon Sutter's next contract

Ryan Lambert
July 29 2015 02:07PM

In his 5 Things column, our old pal Ryan Lambert takes a stab at projecting how much more the Canucks are going to keep overpaying for their newest addition: Brandon Sutter.

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5 things: The Canucks' summer isn't going great

Ryan Lambert
July 20 2015 10:44AM

In his 5 Things column, our old pal Ryan Lambert aims the metaphorical t-shirt gun that is his trademark ire squarely at Canucks management.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #2 Jack Eichel

Ryan Lambert
June 26 2015 11:00AM

We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back). 

A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.

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