The Anaheim Ducks spent most of the 2015-16 season recalling and reassigning first round pick defenseman Shea Theodore. He served as a utility blue liner for the Pacific Division club, heading up and down between Anaheim and the AHL’s San Diego Gulls fairly regularly throughout the year for everything from contract management to fill-in status.
This season, it appears he’ll be doing the same thing.
Just one day after being reassigned to the Gulls alongside the recently-waived Emerson Etem, Theodore has been recalled back to the NHL club for the Ducks. He’ll head back to Anaheim, presumably in time for tonight’s tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Drafted 26th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in 2013, Theodore – an alumnus of the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds – has been skating between the AHL and NHL clubs for the last season. In his rookie year, he put up 37 goals in 50 games for San Diego and eight points in 19 games for the Ducks; this year, he’s sitting on two assists in two AHL games and one assist in three NHL appearances.
The Ducks have gone a somewhat disappointing 3-3-2 to start their 2016-17 campaign, but the addition of defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the active roster this week – he had been sitting out with a contract holdout for the first few weeks of the year – should help the club improve upon their current numbers. They’ll get that chance this evening at 7:00 PM PST at home at the Honda Center.