Demko Goes 36th Overall to Vancouver
June 28, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko became the third Eagle to be selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, going to the Vancouver Canucks with the sixth pick of the second round (36th overall) on Saturday morning at the Wells Fargo Center.
The San Diego, Calif., native joins incoming freshmen Sonny Milano (Columbus - 16th overall) and Alex Tuch (Minnesota - 18th overall) as the third selection, marking the 15th time Boston College has had three or more draft picks in 21 seasons under head coach Jerry York.
"I'm thrilled for all three of our Eagles," York said. "Thatcher has proved himself worthy as a freshman and I am happy for him to go to such a strong organization. Our future is also very bright with this year's class as evidenced by the selections of Sonny and Alex."
Demko is the first Eagle goaltender to be selected in the NHL Entry Draft since Cory Schneider in 2004. Schneider was also drafted by Vancouver as the 26th overall pick. With his selection, the 6-foot-3 backstopper becomes Boston College's 124th NHL draft pick in program history.
As a rookie, Demko finished with the nation's sixth-best save percentage at .729, posting an overall record of .729. His goal against average finished at 2.24, standing as the 17th-best position in college hockey while his save percentage of .919 was 30th. In all, Demko stopped 611-of-665 shots and posted a pair of shutouts along the way.
Demko was named to both the Hockey East All-Rookie Team as well as an Honorable Mention. In conference play, Demko dominated every major category, leading the league in goals against average (1.35), save percentage (.948) and winning percentage (.849). Demko's 1.35 GAA is the second-lowest mark in Hockey East history behind Maine's Jimmy Howard in 2003-04 (1.15 GAA). After anchoring BC's defense in its fifth-consecutive Beanpot championship, Demko won the Eberly Award with a save rate of .966, marking the second-best save percentage in Beanpot history.
Demko was the first current collegiate player selected in this year's NHL Draft.
When all was said and done with this year's draft, Boston College and Boston University each had five players taken to lead all college hockey programs.
Next season, the Eagles will tout nine NHL draft picks on their 2014-15 roster.
Boston College NHL Draft picks for 2014-15
Chris Calnan (Chicago | 3rd round | 2012)