By John Vogl
Junior team: Boston College (NCAA)
Born: San Diego
Measurables: 6-foot-4, 192 pounds
2013-14 stats: 16-5-3, 2.24 GAA, .919 save pct.
Central Scouting rank: No. 1 (North America)
Lowdown: Just a freshman, Demko has already put himself alongside Jimmy Howard, the Detroit and U.S. Olympic goalie. Demko recorded a goals-against average of 1.35 versus Hockey East competition this season, the lowest total since Howard’s record of 1.15 in 2003-04.
The California native helped the Eagles advance to the Frozen Four, his second major tournament of the year. Demko was also a member of the U.S. world junior team but didn’t see any action. He spent one season with the U.S. national development program and picked up 15 of the under-18 team’s 22 victories.
Demko’s size and strength set him apart. He reads plays well and has the frame to overcome positional mistakes. His rebound control could use work. Only two goalies have been taken in the first round during the last three drafts.
They said it: “He was so far ahead of the underage players last year that if he was draft-eligible in 2013 he would have probably been drafted high. He's a huge, strong goalie with excellent net coverage. He has that NHL presence in the net.” – Al Jensen, NHL Central Scouting to NHL.com.
The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.
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