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 are expediting his development, which speaks well for their first-round draft pick in 2015. Ducks Coach
That high praise is usually heaped on Theodore, a dynamic offensive defenseman and a fan favorite last season. But Theodore, 21, acknowledged a poor training camp in which Larsson beat him out of a job.
Theodore identifies with Larsson because "when I was a young guy, they gave me a look," he said. But Theodore isn't concerned with Larsson so much as finding consistency in his young career.
"I know it's not going to be the easiest path to the NHL in terms of staying right away," Theodore said. "I felt I could have had a better camp and I didn't. Going down kind of gave me the chance to get my legs back under me and get my confidence back."
Theodore took rushes with
It’s an ever-fluid situation on the blue line, with unsigned Hampus Lindholm in contract limbo and
"We felt it would be best for him to go down and see if he can get his game underneath him because he's a speed guy," Carlyle said.
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Defenseman Korbinian Holzer thought the illegal hit he absorbed from Philadelphia’s
"For me, it's forgotten," Holzer said. "It's a hockey play. I'm sure he didn't mean to. It's a quick game out there. It's not for me to judge."
Holzer was struck on the nose and has cuts there from his visor coming down, but he assisted on the game-winning goal with a slick pass from behind the net. His last game-winning assist?
"I don't know if I've ever had one," he said. "Maybe back in Germany sometime. But I'll take it."
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