Here’s the link to the story, via Southern California News Group colleague Eric Stephens: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/larsson-716600-defenseman-ducks.html
The NHL draft is June 24-25 in Buffalo, N.Y. Here is a list of the Ducks’ five draft picks (as of May 16):
First round (24th overall), third, fourth (two selections) and seventh.
The Ducks signed left wing Kevin Roy to a two-year entry-level contract Friday. The 22-year-old Roy was the Ducks’ fourth-round draft pick (97th overall) in 2012. He scored 65 goals and 150 points in 130 games with Northeastern between 2012-16.
The Ducks signed defenseman Andy Welinski to a two-year entry-level contract Monday. Welinski, 22, had six goals and 19 points in 40 games with Minnesota-Duluth this past season. He was the Ducks’ third-round pick (83rd overall) in 2011.
The Ducks returned rookie defenseman Shea Theodore to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Saturday. He had three goals and seven points and a plus-7 defensive rating in his first 17 games in the NHL this season. He made his debut Dec. 29 against the Flames in Calgary. He also had eight goals and 31 points in 47 games with the Gulls this season.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Sunday that injured defensemen Kevin Bieksa and Sami Vatanen were “questionable” to play Monday against the Devils at the Honda Center. Korbinian Holzer and Clayton Stoner will replace them if they can’t play against New Jersey
Bieksa suffered a lower-body injury during a 5-2 defeat Friday against the St. Louis Blues. Vatanen was forced from Wednesday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche because of an upper-body injury. Boudreau wasn’t sure when they might play again, but called them “day to day.”
“I don’t think either of them is long term at all,” Boudreau said. “I think it’s a short term thing and, hopefully, they’ll both be back before the end of the week. Right now, it’s just day to day.”
Boudreau said he didn’t know if there was any consideration made to recalling Shea Theodore or Brandon Montour from the Ducks’ American Hockey League team in San Diego.
The Ducks recalled right wing Stefan Noesen from the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League on Thursday. Noesen, 22, had six goals and 22 points with 50 penalty minutes in 50 games for the Gulls. He played in one game for the Ducks last season, going scoreless.
The Ducks on Monday parted ways with left wing Patrick Maroon, sending him to the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline. They received defenseman Martin Gernat and a fourth-round draft pick in exchange for the left wing. Gernat had three points, all assists, in 22 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League this season. He’s expected to be assigned to San Diego of the AHL.
Maroon had four goals and 13 points in 56 games with the Ducks.
The San Diego Gulls were on their way back home from a fight-filled 4-1 loss to the Bakersfield Condors in an AHL game Sunday, but they had to make a detour off I-5 to drop defenseman Shea Theodore off at an Anaheim hotel. The Ducks recalled Theodore on Monday to replace an injured Cam Fowler.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said “there’s a good chance” the 20-year-old would make his NHL debut during a three-game trip to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Theodore, a first-round draft pick in 2013 (26th overall), has been recalled twice already by the Ducks. He hasn’t made his debut yet, however.
“I feel like I’ve been playing pretty strong,” Theodore said. “It would be awesome to get in the lineup. Hopefully, I’m able to do that.”
Theodore scored four goals and 16 points in 27 games with the Gulls this season.
The reports on Theodore have been very positive, according to Boudreau.
“He’s been a very good quarterback on the power play,” Boudreau said of Theodore. “That’s been his strength his whole life. He practiced with us a few weeks back and it gave him a litle taste of it. If he plays, I think he’ll do well.”
One of these days defenseman Shea Theodore will make his NHL debut. Monday wasn’t that day. Neither will be it Wednesday. The Ducks on Tuesday reassigned the 20-year-old prospect to their American Hockey League team in San Diego, where he has two goals and 11 points in 19 games for the Gulls.