Etem scored an assist, his first as a Canuck, in a 3-2 overtime loss Tuesday. The assist came against Etem's former team, the Rangers, which caps off a night in which he played 15:51, the most in five games with Vancouver. United with former WHL Medicine Hat team mate Linden Vey, Etem seems to have found a comfort zone in Vancouver, something that eluded him in New York. Given Vancouver's injuries and the team's mandate to get younger, Etem should remain a fixture in the Canucks lineup. He's a medium-upside player who's worth picking up if he gets hot, but his potential may not come to fruition this season.
Etem was traded from the Rangers to the Canucks on Friday. Etem drew into 19 games with the Rangers this season, but recorded just three assists over that frame and failed to find the net. He'll now move to the Canucks in exchange for Nicklas Jensen in a sixth round pick, and perhaps a change of scenery will provide the former first round pick the jump-start he needs.
Etem will be sent down to AHL Hartford for a conditioning stint Friday. Head coach Alain Vigneault indicated that Etem wouldn't have cracked the Rangers' lineup at any point this weekend, so he will be sent down to play three games in Hartford. The former first-round pick has been an enormous disappointment in New York, scoring just three points (all assists) in 19 contests.
Etem has three points (all assists) in 19 games played this season. With Kevin Hayes currently in hot water with head coach Alain Vigneault, Etem (minus-4) has been seeing more consistent ice time with the team's third line. Unfortunately, the 23-year-old has been held off the scorer's sheet for five straight contests. While the young forward has promise, he just hasn't shown any during game action, leaving him completely irrelevant to fantasy owners in any format.
Etem will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Colorado, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Etem didn't play Wednesday against the Islanders due to illness, but returned to practice Thursday, and has reportedly fully recovered from the ailment. However, he won't draw back into the Rangers' lineup for Thursday's contest, as head coach Alain Vigneault will opt to stick with Tanner Glass instead. Etem's next opportunity to return to New York's lineup will come Sunday against the Senators.
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