DownUndaCanuck Posted May 28, 2015 Share Posted May 28, 2015 The Ducks defence is absolutely stacked right now, with Wisneiwski sitting out just about every Duck game since he was acquired. They've got Fowler, Vatanen and Lindholm as young puck moving defencemen who are probably going to be on that team for years to come, and plenty of middle-aged guys to fill the hole Beachemin will leave when he retires which surely won't be for another season or two by the way he's playing. That leaves a kid called Shea Theodore in a pretty tough place. The kid is 19 and still a fair way away from the NHL, but he's a puck moving defenceman who's played in the WHL, from BC, is a left hander and was a former first round pick. I'm sure Anaheim could squeeze him into their plans going forward, but if the Canucks are smart they'll try and pry him off their hands with a thrifty trade. TO VAN: Shea Theodore TO ANA: Niklas Jensen + Chris Higgins + 2nd/3rd round pick (acquired somewhere else) Why Vancouver does this: We're stacked at wing with great prospects like Baertschi, Vey, Kassian, Shinkaruk, Gaunce and Virtanen. Jensen is expendable, he's been alright in the AHL but good enough that teams will want him, bad enough that he'll be passed on in Vancouver. As for Higgins, we need to move him and let the kids play bigger minutes. Why Anaheim does this: Theodore was a 26th overall pick, Jensen was in the 20s as well. He's still only 19, only played a handfull of AHL games and is far from proven, so a lot could go well or a lot could go wrong with him. Most importantly, there's no way he cracks that defence any time soon, with all the good puck movers over there. The Ducks look like they want an even split of puck movers and physical guys, and Theodore is mainly a puck moving defenceman so he'll never steal time from Fowler, Vatanen and Lindholm. Even if he needs another 2 seasons in the AHL, by the time he's 21-22 those aforementioned kids are going to be in the prime of their careers. Sure the Ducks team look stacked right now but they love gritty forwards and depth scoring could always help. Higgins gives them 15ish goals from a 3rd line instantly and Jensen gives them a bit of future help too, maybe even some right now. This team is built to win right now and in the future, so acquiring Higgins and Jensen makes sense on both parts. Canucks defence in 2-3 years: Edler - Tanev Theodore - Corrado Hamhuis - Clendening Subban Kylington Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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