2013 Draft Prospect Profile #22: Shea Theodore

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Our 22nd 2013 prospect profile is on Shea Theodore of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL.

Shea Theodore

Position: Defense
Team: Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Age: 17
Date of Birth: August 3, 1995
Place of Birth: Aldergrove, British Columbia
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 175 lbs
Shoots: Left

2012-2013 Regular Season Stats:

71 19 31 50 -24 32

2012-2013 Playoff Stats:

7 0 2 2 +1 4

Shea Theodore is a good-sized offensive-minded defenseman who brings a lot of offensive ability to the table. He skates well, moves the puck up-ice very well, and has a great shot from the point, which he also is able to unleash as a one-timer very well. He's a strength on the Power Play with that ability. Theodore has an offensive mind, and sees plays in the offensive zone very well. He's a good passer to go with all of these other abilities, and as such he brings the skills-set to the game that makes him a great offensive zone guy.

That said, he's not a very good defensive defenseman, and that will be an area for improvement. He will be a big boost on the Power Play at the next level, but he may not be a guy that gives a lot of minutes because of his defensive short-comings.

Theodore is ranked #11 in the final Central Scouting North American Skater rankings.

Scouting Reports:

Theodore is an offensive defenseman who possesses many tools. He put up big numbers at age 16, and although he did not match that pace at age 17, he was still very good. He is a dynamic skater, with a powerful stride that lets him pick up speed quickly. He can be a real threat when rushing the puck up the ice. He thinks the game so well in the offensive end, displaying a high level of ability with the puck. Theodore can dangle, but he is more of an instinctual passer, whether on outlets or controlling the point on the power play. He possesses a big shot as well. Theodore's issue is not about what he does with the puck, but rather what he does without it. One NHL scout said that he needs a lot of work in his own end. He can be the victim of risky turnovers and bad defensive positioning. To his credit, he has shown improvement in that area, and he has exhibited commitment to playing defense. He needs to continue to gain strength, as he is not the most threatening physical player. He has a lot of upside, but whoever drafts him will likely have to commit to waiting a number of years for that upside to manifest itself.

- Hockey Prospectus

Has had a difficult situation playing on a weak Seattle team this season and last... One of the better puck movers available in the draft... Has high-end offensive upside and PP ability... Defensive zone play is an area of development.

The Scouting Report

Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:

To be perfectly frank, I don't know that he *would* be a good fit for Columbus right now. The Jackets have two guys already known for their offensive proclivities at the expense of defense, and both are signed for the foreseeable future. That means there isn't a spot for a guy like Theodore who can't really contribute on defense right now.

Theodore in Action

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