Colten Teubert and his Manchester Monarch teammates tuned into the NHL trade deadline shows on Monday mainly out of curiosity.
So it came as a surprise to the 20-year-old defenceman when his name came up in a deal involving Edmonton Oilers winger Dustin Penner.
“We had a day off, we were playing video games and relaxing and we had the computers pulled out keeping track of what was going on and my name came up,” Teubert said. “It was kind of surreal to see my name, but at the same time, it was kind of exciting.
“It happened so fast. I’m really honestly just super excited and grateful for this opportunity.”
The Kings’ first pick — 13th overall — in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Teubert had two goals, eight assists and 57 penalty minutes with a plus-seven rating in 39 games with their AHL affiliate in Manchester.
He, along with a first-round draft pick this year and a conditional second-round pick next year, were sent to Edmonton in exchange for Penner.
A former Regina Pat, Teubert will now report to the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.
“Things were going great here in Manchester this year, we have a first-place team and we were playing pretty good hockey,” Teubert said. “It’s tough to say good bye to these guys here, because I was really close with them. But it’s an opportunity for me to go to a new squad and a franchise that is rebuilding and looking towards the future. If I could be part of that, it would be awesome.”
A self-described hard-nosed defenceman, the six-foot-four, 195-pound native of White Rock, B.C., is looking forward possibly one day reuniting with Oilers rookie Jordan Eberle.
The two played together in Regina and were also members of Canada’s entry at the World Junior championships in 2009 and 2010.
“I’m kind of exciting to have a good chat with him and catch up,” said Teubert. “It’s kind of weird. We played together so long through our junior careers and we’re basically like brothers, so it’s ironic how we got put back on the same path together.”