Canucks goaltending prospect extraordinaire, Thatcher Demko, has been named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award following an outstanding regular season with Boston College of the NCAA.
Michigan’s Kyle Connor (71 points in 38 games) and Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey (46 points in 33 games) were also named finalists. The winner will be announced April 8.
Demko has been outstanding this season, his third in the NCAA. His numbers have been downright eye-popping: 27-7-4, .936 SV%, 1.85 GAA, 10 shutouts. Demko was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year and first-team all-conference. He was also awarded Most Outstanding Player at the Northeast Regional.
Those are the kinds of numbers that have Canucks fans dreaming of the second coming of Cory Schneider.
But Demko’s not done yet.
Boston College has advanced to the Frozen Four where the 20-year-old Demko will try to help his team win a national championship. The tournament goes April 7-9.
Once the Frozen Four is over, it will be interesting to see what the Canucks do with Demko. They would be well-served to sign him and play him in Utica next season. If he plays one more year in college, the Canucks run the risk of losing him for nothing as Demko can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season.