2013 NHL TOP PROSPECT PROFILE: SHEA THEODORE

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Calgary, AB –Leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey, on June 30, WHL.ca and WHL Web TV, will highlight WHL players who are highly ranked by NHL Central Scouting leading up to draft day.  This week’s featured WHL player is Seattle Thunderbirds' offensively gifted defencemen Shea Theodore.

Shea Theodore – Seattle Thunderbirds

Defence
Hometown
:  Aldergrove, B.C.
D.O.B:  August 3, 1995
Ht: 6' 2  
Wt: 175  
Shoots: L 
NHL C.S.S. Final Ranking: 11th among North American skaters

Shea Theodore just completed his second season in the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Thunderbirds.  The 17-year-old from Aldergrove, B.C., scored 19 goals and 50 points in 71 games to finish eighth among all WHL defencemen in scoring and third on the T-Birds in points.  Theodore’s contributions helped the Thunderbirds make the WHL playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

An offensive-minded defenceman, Theodore’s best attributes are his tremendous skating ability and his poise with the puck.  The 6’2” rearguard is very adept at rushing the puck up the ice, beating players in 1-on-1 situations and making smart, effective plays in the offensive zone.  Theodore boasts a strong shot from the point and an accurate one-timer, allowing him to be a threat to score, particularly on the power play where his game excels the most.

“When he’s on top of his game, he can change the momentum of a game in our favor,” said Thunderbirds’ head coach Steve Konowalchuk.

“He’s very good in 1-on-1 situations, especially on the power play where he has that ability to beat guys along the blue line and create space and scoring opportunities,” he said.  “His patience with the puck and his poise allow him to make those moves that open up lanes and space, which is so important for a defenceman in today’s game.”

Theodore’s skating ability, especially with the puck, is also a major factor why Theodore is so effective as an offensive force.

“He can rush the puck up the ice, join the rush as a trailer, and he can blow by guys on the outside with his ability to handle the puck at full speed,” said Konowalchuk.  “I believe he’s a better skater with the puck than without the puck, which is a very rare thing.

“Most guys, even at the NHL level, tend to slow down a little bit when they get the puck on their stick, but when Theodore gets that puck, he’s very fast which is what makes him so deceptive,” he added.

The Thunderbirds’ third-round pick, 64th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Theodore represented Team BC at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, helping the team win the Gold medal.  Theodore also played for Canada’s National Under-18 team at the 2012 Memorial for Ivan Hlinka tournament and at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship, helping the team win Gold on both occasions.  Theodore suited up for Team Orr at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game.

Did you know…Theodore models his game after top offensive NHL defencemen Mike Green and Erik Karlsson…He put up five assists in seven games at the 2013 IIHF U-18 World Championship…Theodore played Midget hockey for the Fraser Valley Bruins of the BCMML.

WHL STATISTICS

Season

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2012-13

Seattle Thunderbirds

71

19

31

50

-24

32

2011-12

Seattle Thunderbirds

69

4

31

35

-36

30

2010-11

Seattle Thunderbirds

4

0

0

0

-2

2

               

Playoffs

Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2013

Seattle Thunderbirds

7

0

2

2

1

4

 
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