The Vancouver Canucks have recalled junior goaltender Michael DiPietro from the Ottawa 67’s on an emergency basis after Thatcher Demko suffered an injury in warm-up yesterday. DiPietro will join the team in Washington for tonight’s game, while Guillaume Brisbois has also been recalled to replace the injured Alexander Edler. The team has moved Edler and Sven Baertschi to injured reserve to make room.
DiPietro of course is already a star in Vancouver after his strong performance at the recent World Juniors, where he posted a tournament-best 1.23 goals against average. Originally selected in the third round during the 2017 draft, DiPietro has had quite the amateur career. Winning a Memorial Cup in 2017 with the Windsor Spitfires and even being invited to serve as the third goaltender for Canada at the World Championships last year, many believe he is a future NHL star in the making.
Still, the 19-year old has a long way to go before suiting up on a regular basis for the Canucks and has Demko to battle with for the opportunity to be the team’s long-term starter. He’ll likely head back to junior in a few days and continue his quest for an OHL Championship, before jumping to the AHL level next season.
Edler, who suffered a gruesome injury in yesterday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, is expected to be out for at least a week while he deals with a concussion. Fortunately there were no facial fractures or major damage after he fell face first into the ice and was knocked unconscious. Demko meanwhile is undergoing an MRI to see the extent of his injury.