Canucks Goalie Opens Up About Early Season Struggles

The Vancouver Canucks are off to a disappointing start to the 2022-23 season. Goaltender Thatcher Demko was one of the Canucks in line for a massive season this year, but to this point the results have not been there.

Demko spoke to the media on Friday and admitted things are tough in Canucks land right now:

I'm not doing as good a job as I know I can do. It's something that as a teammate, as a competitor, you know, it kind of eats at you. That's the most frustrating part, I think. If I was sitting around all summer not doing anything, then you can look at yourself (struggle) and be like, 'alright, well, that makes sense.' I think that's where some of the frustration comes. Putting the work in in the summer, putting the work in every day ... (trying) to be one of the first guys that come to the rink. I'm in the gym all the time, working hard on the ice. You've always kind of been told that as you grow up, that's kind of what it takes to be successful. And so sometimes it feels like you're just trying everything. But, you know, it's part of the process. Nothing is going to be perfect all the time, so I'm sticking with it, and, like I said, I know it's going to turn.

So far this season, Demko has a 1-7-2 record with a 4.01 GAA and a .874 Sv.%. Horrible numbers compared to last season when he posted a 2.72 GAA and a .915 Sv.%. If Demko doesn't find his game, the Canucks won't have a chance at a playoff spot and will be heading into the Connor Bedard sweepstakes.

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