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Ducks switch young defensemen ahead of home opener

Ducks switch young defensemen ahead of home opener

Shea Theodore has commuted from San Diego to Anaheim enough times that he can make the drive in his sleep. But these days Jacob Larsson is in his mirror, and he’s closer than he appears.

The Ducks defenseman prospects switched places Saturday when Theodore was recalled from San Diego and Larsson was reassigned there. The move was primarily so Larsson, 19, can play increased minutes on smaller North American rinks in his transition from Sweden.

The Ducks are expediting his development, which speaks well for their first-round draft pick in 2015. Ducks Coach Randy Carlyle said Larsson needs to be quicker “but he did not disappoint us. He competed day in, day out. We...