Sure, it’s a bit trivial, but when the expectations are so immensely high for a prospect, it’s nice to see the player start off his career with some success.
After all, Thatcher Demko is merely expected to be the Vancouver Canucks’ goalie of the future, one that will carry them to the Stanley Cup and replace Roberto Luongo in the team’s record books.
So it was that the goaltender’s 4-3 victory over Buffalo last night entered him into the team’s lore—if somewhat selectively.
Demko became the first Canucks netminder to win his first two NHL games. It does, however, come with the caveat that Frank Caprice won his first three NHL starts with the Canucks in 1983-84 (but he made his debut in relief).
The Canucks’ second-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft was objectively one of the team’s better players in the win over the Sabres as he turned away 36 shots and was named the game’s first star.
Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green agreed with that sentiment.
“I thought he was one of our best players tonight,” said Green. “He looked confident. We’ve been getting great goaltending, Marky’s been good for us for awhile now, and to have Demmer come in, it’s a good sign.”
It was a good start for Demko in his first NHL game of the year, and Canucks fans will no doubt be hoping he can keep up his undefeated streak at the game’s highest level.
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