Emerson Etem averaged a mere 8:48 of ice time over three games with the Ducks last year. Selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, the winger will attempt to land a roster spot out of training camp with Arizona after securing a one-year, two-way deal with the 'Yotes in July. Here's a guy who tore through hockey's lower ranks with gaudy offensive totals, though his NHL resume of 46 points (22 goals, 24 assists) in 173 games leaves a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective.
Etem signed a one-year, two-way contract with Arizona on Wednesday. Etem logged a mere three contests with the Ducks last year, averaging a paltry 8:48 of ice time. Selected with the 29th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, the winger will no doubt hope to make an impression during training camp and secure a spot on the 23-man roster heading into the 2017-18 campaign.
Etem was sent down to AHL San Diego on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Etem has been something of a fill-in player for the Ducks this season as he's averaged only 8:48 of ice time in three games since coming over from Vancouver. He'll be worth monitoring for the rest of the season, but probably won't materialize into anything fantasy-worthy.
Despite being waived by Anaheim Wednesday morning, Etem is in the Ducks' lineup for the evening's game against Nashville. Ryan Getzlaf (forearm) was considered a game-time decision for Anaheim's matchup with the Predators, so the Ducks likely kept Etem around as an insurance policy in case Getzlaf couldn't go. The Ducks' captain was ultimately held out of Wednesday's contest with a forearm injury, giving Etem the opportunity to draw into his third game of the season with Anaheim. If Etem goes unclaimed, he'll likely be sent to the Ducks' AHL affiliate once Getzlaf or Rickard Rakell (personal) is cleared to return to game action.
Etem is on waivers for the second time this season Wednesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Waiving Etem could be a sign that Rickard Rakell's visa issues have been resolved. Etem played in just two of the Ducks' first seven games this year and averaged 6:01 of ice time in those two outings. When you consider his limited opportunities, it should come as no surprise that the 24-year-old was essentially a temporary fill in on Anaheim's roster. If he goes unclaimed, the team will reassign him to AHL San Diego.
Etem is a healthy scratch Sunday against the Islanders. The California native was claimed off waivers from Vancouver on Thursday and was immediately added to the Ducks' 23-man roster. Etem posted 15 points in 58 games last season as a member of the Rangers and Canucks after spending the first three years of his career with Anaheim, but it's unclear when he'll get a shot to put the Ducks jersey back on.
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