Shea Theodore named WHL defenseman of the Year
Seattle Thunderbird Shea Theodore has been awarded the Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy for WHL defenceman of the year.
Despite missing 29 of 72 games this season (with a gold medal effort as a part of Canada’s world junior squad, and a lengthy elbow injury), he still managed to record 48 points in 43 games. He was just 14th in WHL defensive scoring, but had the highest point-per-game rate in the league for defencemen.
As a part of team Canada at the world juniors, he was heavily relied on, and was placed on the top pairing.
The 2013 pick, 26th overall, of the Anaheim Ducks may have made the big club this year, had he not been injured through training camp. Surprisingly, he’s in the conversation for a possible trade from the Ducks, as Anaheim already has puck-movers Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm on the back end. He could be used to land a piece to help them in the here-and-now, as opposed to waiting for him to develop.
He was called up to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL this year as well, tallying a very impressive four goals and 11 points in just nine games.
The future looks very bright for this young duck.