NHL Draft Profile: Shea Theodore
Hometown: Aldergrove, BC
Birth Date: 195-08-03
Weight: 175 lb
71 Games Played, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
Pro Comparison:Mike Green
Theodore's draft stock has skyrocketed recently as he was ranked 17th by Central Scouting at the mid-point of this season before finishing 11th at season's end. Theodore is very much an offensive defenseman as he is fast and has a great shot. Combined with the fact that he has the stickhandling ability to get around defenders, Theodore could find himself a key component of an NHL team's power play unit.
However, despite his offensive skills, Theodore is not what one would call at shutdown defender. Many of his problems are solveable, however, but he does not have the defensive game that so many two-way defenders need in the NHL. At this rate, he would be walked around by many of the top NHL talents.
Theodore should fall somewhere in the middle of the first round. However, if he were to fall into the 20s, he could be a fantastic steal for a team that already has some pieces in place.
Scouts are saying:
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.- Corey Pronman, Hockey ProspectusTheodore is developing into an excellent offensive producer. In addition to his skating ability, he has great stickhandling and excellent poise. Couple this with very good vision and passing abilities and Theodore is a key playmaker. He can set up teammates both off the rush, and when quarterbacking the powerplay. On top of it all Theodore has developped an excellent slap shot and one timer this year, and has used it to score 19 goals.- Eliteprospects.comTheodore was among the leading scorers amongst WHL defensemen, finishing with 19 goals and 31 assists in 71 games, and skated for Canada's gold medal squad at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship. His minus-24 plus/minus in 71 games for Seattle was an improvement over his rookie season and the Thunderbirds slipped into a playoff spot; finishing one point ahead of last-place Everett in the U.S. Division. In an epic first round series with Kelowna in which five of the seven games went to overtime, Theodore had 2 assists and was plus-one with 4 penalty minutes. He had 5 assists and was plus-five in seven games for Team Canada in Sochi. Theodore was ranked 11th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.- Hockey's Future