Theodore was traded by Anaheim to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday,TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The price the Ducks will pay for Vegas not selecting defensemen Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson is a hefty one. Theodore has the potential to develop into a top-four NHL defenseman as soon as this season. He is mobile, has good size (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) and can run a power play. The 21-year-old is a huge get for the expansion Golden Knights. They shouldn't even consider moving him to another club -- Theodore is a building block on defense for Vegas.
Theodore picked up two assists in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Oilers. The youngster logged 16:10 of ice time and chipped in offensively to help the Ducks win their first game of the second round. Theodore is having a strong playoffs and is producing at a point-per-game pace on Anaheim's third defensive pairing. He generated some quality scoring chances Sunday, but his defensive struggles were also noticeable, so that's something to monitor. If he can find some consistency, these playoffs are a great preview of the weapon he could become in his prime.
Theodore found twine twice Monday in a 5-4 overtime over the Flames in Game 3. And with that, the blueliner matched his regular-season goal total in a single game, with the second goal coming with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to complete the Ducks' comeback and force overtime. Ironically, Theodore lit the lamp twice despite not seeing a lick of power-play time (the Flames didn't take a single minor penalty, other than an offsetting roughing infraction) after skating to a combined 9:02 with the man advantage in the series' first two games.
Theodore dished out a pair of power-play helpers in Thursday's 3-2 Game 1 win over the Flames. Theodore has the offensive skills to make up for Cam Fowler's (knee) absence on the point, and he didn't disappoint here after failing to get on the scoresheet in six postseason appearances a year ago. The 21-year-old blueliner's first helper came on a Ryan Getzlaf tally to make it 1-0, while his second set up Jakob Silfverberg's game-winner late in the second period.
Theodore scored the overtime-winner against the Kings on Sunday. It was only Theodore's second goal of the season, but it was a big one, as it gave Anaheim the Pacific Division title. Theodore ends the season with two goals and nine points in 34 games. He didn't do much scoring in the AHL this season either, but he's an interesting prospect to keep in mind for keeper settings.
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