Ducks Select Theodore 26th Overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 2:47 PM PT / News
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Ducks Select Theodore 26th Overall in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
The Ducks selected defenseman Shea Theodore with the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The draft continues today with Anaheim holding selections in the second round (45th overall), third round (87th overall), fifth round (147th overall) and sixth round (177th overall).

“Shea is a great skater and can really move the puck,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “The way the game is played now, that is really important. You need players like that. We are really excited.”

Theodore, 17 (8/3/95), scored 19-31=50 points with 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season. Theodore ranked eighth among all WHL defensemen in scoring, and second among team leaders in assists and third in points. The 6-2, 178-pound blueliner has appeared in 144 career WHL games with Seattle, collecting 23-62=85 points with 64 PIM. He also played seven WHL Playoff games this spring, earning 0-2=2 points with a +1 rating and four PIM.

A native of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Theodore won gold with Team Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and registered five assists (0-5=5) en route to gold at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship. He also won a gold medal with Team British Columbia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

NHL Central Scouting’s B.J. MacDonald:
"Smooth as silk. He's a really nice player. He can lay down a pass just as good as anyone in the league, always on the tape. He's really heady and really smart, and he actually runs their power play. I like everything about him. Good size, good movement.”

Read more on Theodore here.

Theodore spoke to reporters via conference call on Sunday afternoon:

On whether he thought he might get picked by the Ducks,

I had a pretty good feeling I was going to go in that range, from what my agent had told me. I had really good talks with Anaheim yesterday. They gave me a pretty good feeling. I was a little jittery when they walked up to the stage, and they ended up picking me, so I’m very excited right now.

On who he would compare himself to in the NHL,
I would compare myself to a Mike Green of Washington. An offensive defenseman who likes to move the puck.

Oh his biggest influences,
I think both of my parents are big influences, but my dad plays for a men’s league team and he got me going, drove me to the rink every morning and did all of the things parents do to get their kid into hockey. My sister plays a little bit. She’s 20. She plays on two men’s league teams while going to university and working part-time. She’s a busy girl. We had a really good relationship and we’re still really close.

On his strong finish to his season,
It had something to do with our team trying to make a playoff push and me putting more of a defensive role on my own shoulders and trying to get things done.

On scouts saying he needs to work on the defensive side of his game,
That’s a fair assessment. But I feel like as I get bigger and stronger and develop more, I think that’s an area that will be improved on. I’ve been improving the past two years and I think with the right coaching it can get better.

On what he knows about the Ducks,
I know they’re out there in California and I also know they develop good defensemen like Cam Fowler. I’m excited to meet him and learn from him as much as I can.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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