Vancouver Canucks: The case for trading Jacob Markstrom
f Thatcher Demko is ready for the NHL next season, the Vancouver Canucks will have a logjam in the crease http://www.bluejacketsonline.com/pierreluc-dubois-jersey-c-1_7/. Though Anders Nilsson is the logical trade candidate, here's why Jacob Markstrom should also be shopped. Having too many goalies is a good problem in the NHL, but the Vancouver Canucks are stuck with two inconsistent career backups but a promising netminder in prized prospect, Thatcher Demko. The 22-year-old Demko completed his second AHL season for the Utica Comets, going 25-13-4 with a. 922 save percentage and 2. 44 goals against average. Demko also made his NHL debut late in the season a 5-4 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. At this point, Demko looks more than ready about the NHL which I've written about here many times. If the front office and coaching staff concur that it's the time to make Demko a pro Zach Werenski Jersey, that means cutting loose one of Jacob Markstrom and Anders Nilsson. Thankfully, neither goalie carries an untradeable contract. Nilsson is signed for just one more year, while Markstrom carries a cap hit of just over $3. 66 million over the next two years Alexander Wennberg Jersey, per CapFriendly. Now, the Canucks would probably prefer to move out Nilsson given that Markstrom has a little more upside and has experience of being a No. 1 goalie. But come to think of it, moving Markstrom out and keeping a Nilsson-Demko tandem might make the most sense. The return would be better What would the Canucks get in a trade involving Nilsson? Not a whole lot. He's never started 30 games in a season, and owns a mere. 907 save percentage and 3 Joonas Korpisalo Jersey. 07 goals against average for his career. Granted, Nilsson's played for mainly non-playoff teams like the Canucks, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres. With just one year left on his contract and Nilsson showing he's nothing more than a backup who can start under 30 games a season, the Canucks would be looking at a mid-round pick in return for trading him away.