Thatcher Demko has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the NHL goalie rankings this season — but is he a realistic Vezina Trophy candidate?
On the latest episode of the Silky N’ Filthy podcast, Kyle Bhawan and I step out of the depressing bubble of Vancouver hockey to take a look at what’s happening around the NHL. Kyle, admittedly, is probably like most hockey fans in Canada...barely batting an eye at what’s going on outside of the North Division.
We look at some of the competitors for the major NHL awards, and where some Canucks end up in the running.
The most notable name, of course, is Demko. While Vasilevskiy is almost a lock to win his second Vezina Trophy at this point, Demko is arguably in the second tier with a glut of other netminders including Marc-Andre Fleury, Phillip Grubauer, Cal Peterson, Semyon Varlamov, and Kaapo Kahkonen.
Demko would only be the third goalie in club history to be nominated for the award if he can continue his magical run. Kirk McLean and Roberto Luongo both earned two nominations as members of the Canucks.
To hear more about award dark horses, arguments about the future of refereeing, and why Kyle Bhawan is NOT a loser, tune into the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy wherever you listen to podcasts.