In light of the news that the Canucks had lost Mike McKenna on waivers to the Philadelphia Flyers, the organization has called up Thatcher Demko:
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 4, 2019
The full press release is as follows:
Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thatcher Demko from the Utica Comets.
Demko, 23, has a record of 8-5-1 along with a .911 save percentage and 2.58 GAA in 16 games played with the Comets this season. The third-year netminder has appeared in 107 career games with the Comets, holding a record of 55-35-12, a 2.56 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts. Additionally, he won his lone NHL start last season, making 30 saves to help the Canucks defeat Columbus 5-4 on March 31.
The San Diego, California, native is the Comets all-time leader in career and single-season wins.
It is expected that the Canucks will continue to have Jacob Markstrom and Demko as their goalie tandem for the remainder of the season with hopes of getting Demko as much coaching and playing time as reasonably possible. Canucks fans are rightfully excited to see what Demko can do at this level and over the course of the remainder of the season. It can be hard to get a good read on a goalie with some injury call-ups but a sustained time with the big club should allow Demko time to round out his game while adjusting to the pace of the NHL.
The Canucks take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at 4 pm PT and it’s fair to believe that Markstrom will get that start.