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Thatcher Demko is the Canucks’ best player, according to EA Sports

Demko was the lone Canuck to crack NHL 23’s Top 50 players list.

NHL: APR 23 Canucks at Flames
Vancouver Canucks Goalie Thatcher Demko (35) looks on during the second period of an NHL game where the Calgary Flames hosted the Vancouver Canucks on April 23, 2022, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB.
Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks might be a middle-of-the-pack team, but they do boast some serious starpower.

That begs the question, who is the Canucks’ biggest star?

According to EA Sports, it’s Thatcher Demko.

EA Sports released their list of the Top 50 players ahead of NHL 23’s release, which is scheduled for October 14th.

The lone Canuck player to crack their top 50 was Thatcher Demko (89 overall).

EA Sports

Demko was tied with Juuse Saros (NSH) and Frederik Andersen (CAR) as the sixth-highest-rated goaltender in the NHL.

That trio trailed these five netminders in the Top Five:

1. Andrei Vasilevskiy (TBL): 94 Overall
2. Igor Shesterkin (NYR): 92 Overall
T3. Connor Hellebuyck (WPG): 90 Overall
T3. Jacob Markstrom (CGY): 90 Overall
T3. John Gibson (ANA): 90 Overall

My biggest homer gripe here? John Gibson going ahead of Demko (Saros and Andersen too, for that matter).

Along with the Top 50 players, EA released a number of other top-10 lists where two other Canucks were mentioned.

Quinn Hughes showed up on a few lists, including the Top-10 for left defencemen.

He was also second overall among fastest defencemen, and tied for fifth among all skaters.

And of course, the last Canuck to crack an EA Top-10...was none other than Luke Schenn.

The veteran defender tied for sixth among

NHL 23 Body Checking Ratings

1. Radko Gudas (FLA): 94
T2. Matt Martin (NYI): 93
T2. Ryan Reaves (NYR): 93
T2. Milan Lucic (CGY): 93
5. Tom Wilson (WSH): 92
T6. Tanner Jeannot (NSH): 91
T6. Brady Tkachuk (OTT): 91
T6. Nicolas Deslauriers (PHI): 91
T6. Luke Schenn (VAN): 91
T6. Zack Kassian (ARI): 91

Poll

Who should the highest-rated Canuck be in NHL 23?

  • 35%
    Thatcher Demko
    (32 votes)
  • 14%
    Quinn Hughes
    (13 votes)
  • 28%
    JT Miller
    (25 votes)
  • 7%
    Elias Pettersson
    (7 votes)
  • 2%
    Luke Schenn
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Stop writing about video games, nerd
    (10 votes)
89 votes total Vote Now