The Ducks have signed 2013 first-round selection (26th overall) Shea Theodore to a three-year entry-level contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
Theodore, 18 (8/3/95), has appeared in three preseason contests for Anaheim, collecting one assist. The 6-1, 183-pound defenseman led all Anaheim skaters in time-on-ice on Sept. 22 vs. Colorado, logging 22:06. Theodore made his Anaheim debut in the club’s first preseason contest, earning an assist in the 6-2 win over Phoenix on Sept. 16 at Honda Center.
A native of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Theodore scored 19-31=50 points with 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 71 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2012-13. He ranked eighth among all WHL defensemen in scoring, and second among team leaders in assists and third in points. Theodore also played seven WHL Playoff games in 2013, earning two assists with a +1 rating and four PIM.
Theodore played his first full WHL season in 2011-12, collecting 4-31=35 points with 30 PIM in 69 games with Seattle. Among league defensemen, he ranked third in rookie scoring, while also leading all club blueliners in points. In addition, Theodore led all Seattle skaters in assists. He has appeared in 144 career WHL games over three seasons with Seattle, collecting 23-62=85 points with 64 PIM.
Theodore won gold with Team Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and registered five assists en route to gold at the 2013 Under-18 World Championship. He also won a gold medal with Team British Columbia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
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