2. Theodore for Conn Smythe?
Okay, maybe we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves here but Shea Theodore is currently riding a rapid trajectory to being one of the best offensive defensemen in the entire National Hockey League.
After carving out a career-year during the regular season, the 25-year-old has picked up where he left off in Edmonton.
And we saw against the Colorado Avalanche why Theodore will be a key cog in the Golden Knights machine during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The blueliner had two assists on the night, unleashing a bomb from the point that was tipped in by Jonathan Marchessault on the power play, before firing a hell of a pass over to Nicolas Roy for Vegas’ second goal of the day.
And Theodore should have had a third assist after producing a stellar pass that set Marchessault free behind the Avalanche defense, before the latter was tripped by Ryan Graves that led to a penalty shot.
Overall, Theodore finished with two points, four shots on goal and two blocked shots in 24:05 minutes of total ice time.
His passing is really something special and you need an absolute horse on the backend who can make things happen in order to contend for championships.
It was another masterful outing by the defenseman who has established himself as the leading quarterback on the top power play unit for Vegas, and you have to think that he could be in the Conn Smythe conversation should the Golden Knights achieve their ultimate goal this year.