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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Vancouver Canucks Recall Mike Zalewski

J.D. Burke
April 08 2016 12:47PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have brought in a reinforcement for their final game this Saturday against the lowly Edmonton Oilers. 

Zalewski, 23, will be making his second appearance on the Canucks roster this season, last joining the club after a January 20th recall. A recall which was preceded by Zalewski signing an NHL contract just a day prior, on January 19th. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 08 2016 05:00AM

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Was Lou Lamoriello the best GM in the NHL this year, how injuries played a factor in Canucks awful season, the end of Monahan and Gaudreau's first contracts in Calgary, farewell to Rexall Place in Edmonton, what's changed in the world since the Oilers last made the playoffs, Datsyuk possibly heading back to Russia, the race to the bottom is coming down to the wire and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Canucks Postgame: Money on, Points off

Jeff Veillette
April 07 2016 10:07PM

The downward spiral continued tonight in Calgary, as the Vancouver Canucks once again fell apart and allowed the Calgary Flames to get on the board not once, but twice, but seven times in a 7-3 routing at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 81 - CANUCKS @ FLAMES (AMBS)

Always90four
April 07 2016 01:00PM

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Well now that the Rexall cluster#$#@ is done, the Canucks can focus their energy on the Flames. Calgary lost to the Kings on Tuesday after the Canucks managed to beat LA the night before, go figure. This will be the first time Hunter Shinkaruk plays against the Canucks since his departure around the deadline - still a stupid move if you ask me.

Auston Matthews Bowl Series continues and another Canucks loss would give them a better percentage going into the last game of the year on Saturday. There will be no Pavel Bure OT magic this time, but they do have Matt Bartkowski!

BROADCAST INFO 

TV: SNET-P

RADIO: TSN 1040

PUCK DROP: 6:00 PM

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