The Ducks on Sunday recalled defenseman Shea Theodore from their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Will he play this time? The Ducks have promoted Theodore already this season, but he hasn’t made his much-anticipated debut as of yet. He has two goals and 11 points in 19 games with the Gulls. The Ducks play host to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The 20-year-old is a British Columbia native and played junior hockey on this side of the border in Seattle.
The Ducks sent goaltender Frederik Andersen to the doctor Tuesday morning to get checked out after he came down with flu-like symptoms. They also recalled goalie John Gibson from their AHL team in San Diego to serve as their backup to Anton Khudobin, who was expected to start Tuesday night against the Calgary Flames.
The corridor outside the dressing rooms was filled with retired goalies, none of whom stepped up to fill in. Present but not volunteering were: former Ducks goalies J.S. Giguere and Guy Hebert, ex-Kings goalie Kelly Hrudey, ex-Winnipeg and San Jose goalie Brian Hayward and former Minnesota and Edmonton netminder Dwayne Roloson, who now serves as the Ducks’ goaltending coach.
Hrudey works on the Calgary TV broadcasts and Hayward fills a similar role with the Ducks.
The Ducks on Wednesday returned top prospect Shea Theodore to their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Theodore’s much-anticipated NHL debut will have to wait. He has scored one goal and eight points in 13 games this season with the Gulls, and has played 26 games overall in the AHL. The 20-year-old was a first-round draft pick in 2013 (26th overall).
The Ducks recalled Theodore late Monday, but he didn’t play in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators.
The Ducks recalled 20-year-old defenseman Shea Theodore from their American Hockey League team in San Diego on Tuesday. It appeared Theodore’s promotion from the Gulls to the Ducks was precautionary, what with Josh Manson out sick for Monday’s 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. Korbinian Hozler took Manson’s spot in the lineup. Theodore has yet to make his NHL debut and general manager Bob Murray said last spring he wouldn’t rush the top prospect.
Theodore has one goal and eight points with a plus-4 defensive rating in 13 games for the Gulls. Overall, he has played in only 26 games in parts of two seasons in the AHL after the Ducks drafted him in the first round in 2013 (26th overall). He was the Defenseman of the Year in 2014-15 while playing for Seattle in the junior-level Western Hockey League.
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Update: Ducks rookie Nick Ritchie is set to make his NHL debut Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes. He skated with center Ryan Kesler and right wing Chris Stewart during the morning skate, according to reports from Raleigh, N.C. “Obviously they’re both pretty good players in this league,” Ritchie told reporters. “It’s going to be a pretty good opportunity for me tonight. I’m just going to play my game and, hopefully, I can help those guys.”
The Ducks recalled Ritchie and Michael Sgarbossa from their AHL team in San Diego on Saturday, hoping the Gulls’ one-two scoring punch can bolster their wonky offense going into a four-game trip that begins today in Raleigh, N.C. The 19-year-old Ritchie has nine goals in 12 games while playing on a line with Sgarbossa. Ritchie was a first-round draft pick in 2014 (10th overall). The Ducks have points in six of their last seven games to improve to 5-8-4 after a 1-7-2 start to the season. They were fifth in the Pacific Division at the start of business around the league Sunday. They also were last in the NHL with only 29 goals in 17 games. Corey Perry leads the Ducks with five goals and 11 points.
Carolina is 6-9-2 after a loss Saturday to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Ducks on Tuesday recalled left wing Max Friberg from their AHL team in San Diego and sent right wing Tim Jackman to the Gulls. Jackman cleared waivers earlier in the day after playing only two games to start the season. Friberg scored three goals and five points in seven games this season for the Gulls.
Jackman was in the Gull’s lineup Tuesday against San Antonio.
“He needs to play,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said of Jackman. “This is the advantage of having a farm team in San Diego. He can do down and play a game. he played seven minutes in the first game he played (with the Ducks this season) and five in the second. That’s not enough time for a big man to play.
“Everybody likes ‘Jacks.’ He’s going to go down and he’s going to work his rear end off to get back here. … Nobody likes to get demoted. If you did, then you’d be the wrong man for the job here. I know he’s going to work his rear end off to get back here.”
The Ducks on Monday re-assigned defenseman Joe Piskula to their American Hockey League team in San Diego. Piskula didn’t appear in a game with the Ducks after they recalled him Oct. 24 from the Gulls. He has not scored in four games with the Gulls this season, and has a plus 2 defensive rating.
The Ducks could have played defenseman Shea Theodore in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild and scratched Korbinian Holzer. Theodore, 20, could have made his NHL debut, but instead Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau played Holzer for the first time since a March 2 trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Ducks then sent Theodore back to San Diego of the AHL on Monday and Holzer joined the team for its five-game trip that begins Thursday against the Nashville Predators.
“He was fine,” Boudreau said of Holzer’s play. “You’ve got to believe that a young man is a little nervous when he hasn’t played an NHL game for the team yet and he got here in March, so …. But in the third period, I thought he showed his true worth. … He’s a big, strong man. We can always use that.”
Of his thoughts on finally inserting Holzer into the lineup, Boudreau said, “If you’ve got any feelings … I mean, we’re not robots out there … I mean, I would have loved to have seen him play (last season). He came in with the best attitude. Every day, just worked hard. You want to reward guys like that. So, I was very happy that he was able to play and be a contributor.”
Asked about Theodore’s future in San Diego and also in Anaheim, Boudreau said, “Young guys need to play, and when they’re confident and they feel better, that’s when they get the call. You don’t want to thrust somebody into something he’s not ready for, because then it only goes downhill. Shea’s gotten better every year I’ve seen him, better in training camp, and he’s starting to fill into his body. I think there’s going to be a time when he’s going to be playing in this team.”
Shea Theodore got the call late Friday night and hopped in a car with fellow San Diego Gulls defenseman Korbinian Holzer and they made the 90-minute drive to Anaheim to join the Ducks on Saturday. Theodore, a first-round draft pick in 2013, could make his NHL debut Sunday against the Minnesota Wild.
“Not a whole lot of sleep last night, but I don’t think there would have been anyway,” the 20-year-old Theodore said. “I’m pretty excited for the first call up. You’re not sure if you’re in the lineup or not, but I’m just here to do my job. … Before they sent me down, they said I shouldn’t get too comfortable in case of injuries. You never know what can happen. I got two games in and I’m already up here.”
The Ducks on Saturday recalled defensemen Shea Theodore and Korbinian Holzer from their AHL team in San Diego. Theodore, a first-round draft pick in 2013 (26th overall) could make his NHL debut Sunday against the Minnesota Wild. Holzer, acquired last March 2 from the Toronto Maple Leafs, has yet to appear in a game for the Ducks. They could replace injured defensemen Clayton Stoner (lower body) and Simon Despres (head) in Sunday’s game.