Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 Christmas Wish List

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Reilly Smith #19, Colin Miller #6, Jonathan Marchessault #81, Oscar Lindberg #24 and Luca Sbisa #47 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the game at T-Mobile Arena on October 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: (L-R) Reilly Smith #19, Colin Miller #6, Jonathan Marchessault #81, Oscar Lindberg #24 and Luca Sbisa #47 of the Vegas Golden Knights celebrate after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the game at T-Mobile Arena on October 13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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3. Keep playing Shea Theodore regularly

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights shoots the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the game at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 19: Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights shoots the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the game at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images) /

I understand why Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant decides to rotate defensemen in and out of the lineup. He carries eight defensemen with him which is a little above the norm. Right now, Luca Sbisa is injured which opened the door for Jon Merrill to play every day.

However, the player that doesn’t need to sit or a trip to the minors anymore is Shea Theodore. This kid is starting to understand how to respect the game. The Langley, British Columbia native had a four-point night against the league’s best team and scored the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left on the clock.

Theodore has made strides in his defensive game since switching to play with Deryk Engelland. Having a veteran presence such as Engelland teaching a 22-year old makes too much sense, and Gallant realized that quickly. Those two are an effective pairing whenever they’re out on the ice.

All in all, I see Theodore logging 17-21 minutes a night for the rest of the season. When he plays with confidence, he’s one of the most dangerous players. The future is bright on the Vegas Golden Knights blue line.