Thatcher Demko emerged as one of the NHL’s top goalies last season, and while he’s currently out with a lower-body injury that also slowed his start to this season, the time off provided an unexpected chance to sit down with the Vancouver Canucks star for his first Pro Reads.

Demko walked us through video breakdowns for close to an hour and did not disappoint in his ability and willingness to explain how he sees the game unfold in front of him, and how he chooses his depth, save selections and post integrations based on a variety of factors.

We enjoyed our video session so much with Demko that after sharing his debut last week, we decided to go back-to-back and roll out his second breakdown right away.


After starting with an odd-man rush, Demko has to sort out an in-zone sequence against the Chicago Blackhawks and fellow American Patrick Kane in his second breakdown:

As the puck is passed down to Kane in the corner in the freeze frame above, can you identify the biggest threats on the ice? What makes them the most dangerous?
Look at this second freeze frame above and ask yourself the same questions.

Perhaps just as importantly, what players are less of a threat and why?

Where do you think Kane is sending this puck?


Now watch the entire sequence to see if this played out as you expected:

Beyond reading the threats and whether the play transpired as anticipated, what stood out to you about the way Demko came across his crease? What do you make of his decision to target the post going side to side rather than maybe pushing outside and past it?

What factors do you think go into that decision?


Let’s hear how Demko initially read the threats, and what he thought of how he handled this:

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