Before the 2016 season, the CFL changed its players-of-week format to eliminate specific offensive, defensive and Canadian players, choosing instead to name three players regardless of position or nationality.
We here at 3DownNation think that was a mistake.
To rectify it, we’ll be naming our Top 3 Canucks of the Week throughout the 2017 season, highlighting the play of the top Canadian players.
The dynamic Canadian makes the list for a second straight week. Demski started at receiver and made seven catches for 82 yards and scored one touchdown, back-to-back impressive offensive performances from the Winnipeg, Manitoba native. While handling a full load of offensive reps, Demski returned nine punts for 82 yards. 164 total yards gets the 24-year-old top spot.
2. Lemar Durant, receiver, Calgary Stampeders
In a highly entertaining shootout victory, Durant led all Calgary receivers with six grabs for 126 yards, including two of more than 30-yards (34 and 48). The Stamps third-year pass catcher appears set to provide consistent production and assert himself among the best Canadians at the position league-wide. Redblacks’ Brad Sinopoli, seven grabs for 111 yards and one touchdown) was close to earning Top Canuck honours, but Durant edged him out.
3. Tunde Adeleke, defensive back and returner, Calgary Stampeders
With primary return man Roy Finch out for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, a Canadian rookie got a chance to catch punts. Adeleke took the second punt return of his career…
back 71 yards for an impressive major. He added to special teams tackles to go along with his hilite reel touchdown return. That should earn the explosive Carleton product more opportunities when Calgary returns from the bye week. And even after the Stamps get Finch back from suspension.