Boston College just missed pulling off the NHL Draft First Round draft pick hat trick, as rising sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko was picked up early in the second round, #36th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.
Demko, a 6-foot-3, 192 pound netminder, ranked as the top-rated goaltender in the 2014 NHL Draft. He started 24 games for the Eagles as a true freshman, compiling a 16-5-3 record, registering a 2.24 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. The San Diego native was even more dominant in Hockey East play -- splitting time with junior Brian Billett -- as the Eagles coasted to the Hockey East / UNH commemorative regular season title. Demko posted a 9-1-1 record in Hockey East play and gaudy 1.35 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
The Canucks feature a number of NCAA hockey alums, including former Boston College defenseman Andrew Alberts. Alberts was a two-time first-team All-American in 2004 and 2005 while playing on the Heights.
Here's some Tweets of Demko with the media:
Back to Demko, who is with the media. "I'm just so happy it's Vancouver." Demko's fav goalie as kid was Cloutier. pic.twitter.com/qc1wKfw2Lm— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) June 28, 2014
And here is Demko's draft questionnaire.
We'll forgive his selection under Website. Also, lol at his favorite Shootout move.
Congrats, Thatcher! Here's hoping, when the time comes, you don't get stuck behind cryogenically frozen Robert Luongo on the Canucks depth chart.