Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sources- Demko To Sign With Vancouver
According to multiple sources, junior goaltender Thatcher Demko is set to ink an entry level deal with the Vancouver Canucks, the team that drafted him in 2014. The San Diego native will leave Chestnut Hill as one of the most decorated goaltenders in program history, leading his teams to two Frozen Fours, two Beanpot titles, two Hockey East regular season championships, and a 6-1-1 record against archrival Boston University, among other accolades. Of course, Demko was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker award and took home the Mike Richter trophy just a few weeks ago.
It may be a couple of days until Demko actually puts the pen to paper but he will become the twelfth Eagle to leave school early over the past five years, which is the most in college hockey (Minnesota and Michigan have each had eleven).
For my money, Demko is the best goalie in BC history and I think he will go on to have a long NHL career- he possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism not typically found in netminders. I wish him and his family nothing but the best.
On the bright side, Demko's replacement, Joseph Woll, recorded a shutout at the U18 World Championships tonight, as the United States defeated Switzerland 4-0. Woll has allowed just one goal in two tournament games thus far. Fellow incoming freshman Graham McPhee notched a goal for the Americans.
As for the remaining question marks, I expect Ian McCoshen to leave for Florida at some point in the near future. Out of every player on last year's team, I thought he was the most NHL ready and honestly figured the Panthers would give him a chance to participate in the playoffs. We will see what happens.