Emerson Etem has been a stud everywhere he has played but no matter how well he’s played so far, the NHL is a different level. A level he has not yet reached but could possibly reach this next season depending on how he shows and handles himself in training camp.
Born and raised just 30 minutes away from Anaheim, Etem was picked by the Ducks 29th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. I personally cannot wait to see this kid reach the NHL. I want that to be this season. I think this could be a good chance for him to break through. The season after Perry wins the Hart Trophy and how dominant the first line was for the Ducks through out the season. Along with the possible absence of Teemu Selanne, someone needs to step and score some more points. That could be Cogliano, or a few different players combining for that scoring. Etem could be a big help if it becomes that situation where two or three players need produce what Selanne used to produce for the Ducks.
He will be given all the opportunity to make the team in training camp but GM Bob Murray said that the Ducks would have no problem sending him back to juniors to rejoin Medicine Hat. A place where he is more than comfortable playing as he has been an offensive force the past two years. In his first season with the Tigers, he notched 37 goals and 28 assists for a total 65 points in 72 games played. In his second season with the Tigers, he tallied 45 goals and 35 assists for 80 points in 65 games played. After combining his two seasons, he has 145 points in 137 games.
Now I am definitely not saying he will put up those type of numbers, he would most definitely not, but I wouldn’t mind seeing that, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers. I am saying, however, that he would be a welcome addition to this team. I think he could contribute right away. Maybe mostly on the power play, who knows? With his offensive ability and knack for scoring, who knows what will happen. You definitely have to keep an eye on Emerson Etem.