Thatcher Demko photo Derek Cain/Icon Sportswire

With word Thatcher Demko has rejoined the Vancouver Canucks on their current road trip and could return from injury soon, it seemed like a good time to go to one of last season’s breakout stars in the NHL for another Pro Reads video breakdown session.

Ah, who are we kidding?

After impressing in his Pro Reads debut with his openness explaining how he sees the game unfold and how he chooses his depth, save selections and post integrations based on a variety of factors, we don’t need any excuses for more Demko video.


After starting with an odd-man rush and tough in-zone sequence against fellow American Patrick Kane in his first two Pro Reads, this time Demko is facing what some might see as a simple one-on-one rush against Seattle Kraken forward Jared McCann:

It may not look like much to a lot of people, but as McCann, who can really shoot the puck, cuts back into the middle of the ice with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson apparently caught going the other way, goalies know this can be a tough play. Demko agreed, so we broke it down.

Looking at the freeze frame above, what do you notice about his positioning and stance?


Now watch the entire sequence, since speed is such an important factor on rush chances.

See if you can identify anything from McCann that indicates his intention, or notice anything about the way Demko moves and adjusts as this play develops.

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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