Ramblings: Shea Theodore Recalled, Where Does He Fit?

steve laidlaw

2017-10-31

Yesterday’s big news item was Shea Theodore finally getting called up to Vegas. He didn’t play last night but likely because it took time for him to join the team on the road. Theodore is ready to be an impact player immediately and I advocate picking him up in every league that you can. It’s not that Theodore is guaranteed to be an impact player. We still have to see how he is used and if the Knights can even sustain the scoring to make Theodore a relevant asset if used in a #1 role.

It stinks that Theodore missed the first month of the season where Vegas received a creampuff schedule with seven of nine games at home and games against Buffalo, Detroit, Arizona (twice!) and Colorado. Last night was the first of six straight on the road. 11 of their next 15 come on the road. Now’s where we’ll see the bubble burst if it ever does.

Theodore is a dynamic talent. I ranked him 32nd among defensemen, projecting seven goals, 36 points, 180 SOG, 50 PIM and 15 PPP. That’s borderline relevant production. A guy like that is going to have value but only during hot streaks. If Theodore is that guy only with nine games missed then you’ll ultimately dump him to the waiver wire at some point. Hotter options will emerge. Of course, he has upside for more. Maybe he can drive his shot volume closer to 3.0 SOG per game. Or perhaps he can score at a 45-point pace rather than the mid-30’s total I had him for. There is upside in grabbing him. At this point, most of the hot starters have been clipped off the waiver wire. This is a shot at a new impact player. He’s worth the swing.

Who to drop to grab Theodore? The list is long so perhaps it would be better to just list the players to hold. It should be noted that Theodore would make a great scoop for someone who missed out on Brandon Montour as a Cam Fowler replacement or perhaps if you recently lost Shayne Gostisbehere to injury.

The no-brainer keepers:

Brent Burns

Erik Karlsson

Dustin Byfuglien

Kris Letang

Victor Hedman

Shayne Gostisbehere

Roman Josi

PK Subban

Shea Weber

John Klingberg

Alex Pietrangelo

Kevin Shattenkirk

Drew Doughty

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