Ducks take Shea Theodore with 26th overall pick

Posted: 06/30/2013 by bc in Uncategorized
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Via Anaheim Ducks.com:

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

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.

Various teams and scouts had Theodore rated all over the map. His best review comes form NHL Central Scouting:

“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.”

All of the above is readily evident on this You Tube hi-lite reel.

Shea is well suited for the new-NHL. He’s got great speed, moves the puck extremely well, gets his shots through to the opposing net. He has much to learn about the defensive parts of the game. It’s really way to soon to characterize him before we see how he does at the next level. For now,, that next level will have to wait since Shea is scheduled to continue with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Canadian Hockey League.

Safe to say that GM Bob Murray surprised everyone for the second consecutive draft.

In the second round Murray continued to surprise when he took Quebec Ramparts RW Nick Sorensen. The high scoring Sorensen said he was glad to be picked by Anaheim and counts Hampus Lindholm and Rickared Rickel among his buddies. A Dane, Sorensen met the young Ducks prospects while playing his junior years in Sweden.

In later rounds Ducks added D-man Keaton Thompson 3rd rnd – 87th overall will attend North Dakota this fall. Grant Beese 5th rnd – 147th overall continues his development alongside Nicolas Kerdiles at University of Wisconsin. Miro Aaltonen 6th rnd – 177th overall will likely continue with Espoo in teh Finish Elite League.

Each of these drafted young men are in their late teens and not likely to impact our Ducks for a couple-3 years down the road.

Ducks have not made a trade…yet. As anticipated the Entry Draft didn’t disappoint as a flurry of significant, if not blockbuster trades were made.

Unable to find a taker for Roberto Luongo’s contract, the Canucks shipped Cory Schneider to the New Jersey in exchange for the  Devils 9th pick overall. Canucks used the pick to acquire highly rated center Bo Hovart.
Many are calling Gillis whacked but as I posted to THN’s Ken Campbell, many are criticizing Gillis because he didn’t get anyone to help Vancouver now. By not taking a salary back and getting comfortably under the cap, Gillis has saved the Nucks from trading Alexander Edler.
This might be one of those times when the trade you didn’t make is the bst trade of all.

Toronto Maple Leafs got stronger down the middle when they acquired Dave Bolland from Chicago. The Blackhawks received Leafs second-round (51st overall) and fourth-round (117th) picks Sunday and a fourth-round pick in 2014.

In another cap space creating move the ‘hawks Michal Frolik to Winnipeg in exchange for the Jets 3rd and 5th round picks today.

With the cap space created Chicago moved to sign Bryan Bickell to a 4 year $16m contract.

Minnesota sent pending UFA antagonist Cal Clutterbuck to the New York Islanders for the Ilse’s top pick from last season Nino Niedereitter. The Isle’s top pick form last season failed to impress at camp and later whined publicly when was sent to the AHL.

In another move about getting rid of players who just didn’t fit, the Carolina Hurricanes sent promising young D-man Jamie McBain their 2nd round pick to Buffalo for D-man Andrej Sekera.

San Jose Sharks helped themselves picking up Tyler Kennedy from the Pittsburgh Penguins for a second round (50th overall) pick in today’s draft.

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