Colten Teubert is used to being selected in the early portion of a draft. He was picked No. 1 in the 2005 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Regina Pats, and was selected No. 13 in the 2008 Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
Teubert remembers his first big draft day, but prefers now to concentrate on his second.
"The (bantam) draft was so long ago I can barely remember it, but it was obviously a highlight to that point in my life at that time," Teubert said. "But all that's said and done now."
The Kings are loaded with young defensemen that were drafted early. In addition to Teubert, Los Angeles selected Drew Doughty with the No. 2 pick in June and also has Jack Johnson, the third pick of the 2005 draft.
Unlike Doughty and Johnson, who are offensive-minded defensemen, Teubert is a shut-down defenseman who takes pride in stopping the opposition's most threatening offensive players and playing a physical brand of hockey.
"I consider myself a punishing defenseman," Teubert said. "I'm the guy that you put out against your top players and tell me to shut them down. I think I have a great shot from the point and get it through."
It is no secret why Teubert, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound defenseman, is a physical force. While most players his size are criticized for being slow, Teubert is surprisingly agile.
"Colten is a smooth skating defenseman who can skate the puck out of trouble and can jump up the ice with the puck," said NHL Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire. "I like Colten for a lot of reasons, but most of all for his ability to take charge of the game. He projects as a support (number) three or four defenseman, at least initially in the NHL, with a good offensive upside who won't hurt you on defense."
Teubert, who was the No. 27-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting in their mid-term rankings, jumped nine spots to No. 18 in Central Scouting's final list.
At the 2008 NHL Scouting Combine, Teubert must have impressed Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and Los Angeles management, but Teubert found some of the questions bizarre during the interview process.
"I had crazy questions because I'm all over the rankings," Teubert told The Province. "One was: 'What do you like? Hard liquor or beer?' I had to say beer because that's what everybody drinks, but I didn't know. Then they said, 'We think you play with a two-by-four (stick) on the ice and what are you thoughts?' I was like, 'Yeah, I play with a two-by-four.' A lot of teams try to get under your skin and you've got to go with the flow."
Teubert has seen his offensive production increase each of his three seasons in the WHL. In his rookie season, he had two assists in 14 games. In 2006-07, his first full WHL season, he had 11 points in 63 games. Last season he amassed 23 points in 66 games during the regular season and had five points in the Pats' six-game first-round loss to the Swift Current Broncos.
Helping Teubert mature has been Regina teammate and fellow defenseman Logan Pyett.
"He (Pyett) is the captain of our team and he's definitely a great leader and he's probably going to get a good chance to play in the NHL this year," Teubert said of Pyett, a 2006 seventh-round pick of Detroit. "He's a great player. He's a little bit opposite player of me. He's a little bit more offensive and skates end-to-end all the time -- just the way he handles himself, I learn from that."
Teubert will have no shortage of young influences in Los Angeles, either.