Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors: Demko, Podkolzin & Hoglander

In this edition of Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, I’ll take a look at the amazing three-game playoffs young goalie Thatcher Demko had against the Vegas Golden Knights and what that might mean in this upcoming season.

Related: Is Demko Here to Stay With the Canucks?

Second, I’ll look at some of the attention young Russian prospect Vasili Podkolzin is getting from press in Russia. Finally, I’ll take a quick look at prospect Nils Hoglander’s play in the Swedish Hockey League.

Item One: Thatcher Demko Surprises Even His Biggest Fan, Jim Benning

During the 2019-20 regular season, the Vancouver Canucks surprised most hockey pundits by playing well enough to make the playoffs. A large part of that success could be attributed to simply great goalie play, led by Jacob Markstrom. His play was stellar all season.

Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid fails to get a shot past former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

So, when Markstrom went down to injury after the Canucks went down three games to one in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, most hockey thinkers had the team pegged for a quick exit into the offseason. Certainly, their backs were against the wall facing a physical Vegas Golden Knight’s team. The team’s only hope was to throw young Thatcher Demko into the crease and hope for a miracle.

Demko almost made it happen. He played amazingly well during his playoff games…

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