The Ducks assigned Theodore to AHL San Diego on Friday. Theodore's demotion indicates Sami Vatanen (lower body) will likely make his return to Anaheim's lineup Friday against the Panthers. Theodore has been passable during his time with the big club this season, notching eight points in 30 games while posting a minus-11 rating over that span, but he's still a young, developing player that stands to benefit from additional time in the minors. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 2013 first-round pick back with the Ducks later this season.
The Ducks recalled Theodore from AHL San Diego on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. The Ducks will begin a six-game road trip Friday against the Panthers, so Theodore will round out the team's depth at defense during their lengthy voyage. The 21-year-old blueliner has eight points (one goals, seven assists) in 25 games with the big club this season, and is worth a look in daily formats whenever he cracks the lineup due to his offensive upside.
Theodore was sent down to AHL San Diego on Thursday. Not surprisingly with the Ducks off during the All-Star break, Theodore has been reassigned to the minors in order to save Anaheim some salary cap space as well as give the blueliner some extra ice time. If history is any indication, the 21-year-old will be recalled prior to the team's matchup with Colorado on Tuesday.
Theodore was called up from AHL San Diego on Friday. The youngster only has seven points in 23 NHL games, but his nine points in 11 AHL games show that he has the potential to be a high scorer. Whether that will translate to the next level in this NHL stint is yet to be seen, but for now, it might be best to be cautious and wait and see.
Theodore was reassigned to AHL San Diego. With the Ducks hard up against the salary cap, Theodore will likely continue to bounce between the NHL and AHL, if only on paper. Considering Anaheim are now sitting with two available spots under the 23-man roster, it is a near lock that the defenseman will be brought back up prior to Thursday's contest against Colorado.
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