23-Year-Old Right Wing – New York Rangers
Emerson Etem Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Rangers in July 2015. Deal is worth $850,500 at the NHL level.
Etem will be in the lineup against the Bruins on Friday afternoon.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 22-year-old speed demon increased his total points marginally in his second NHL season despite playing in fewer games than his first year. While his being reassigned to the Ducks’ AHL affiliate during the playoffs wasn’t a great sign for Etem, the young left wing should still have a solid future with Anaheim ahead of him. Expect him to break camp on the third or fourth line. He’s a natural sniper, so he’ll probably end up with more goals than assists. Hey -- he might even notch 15-20 this season. There’s room on deep fantasy rosters for that kind of production.
Etem had a solid postseason, picking up five points during the Ducks' first-round loss to the Red Wings. The elite skater with the wicked shot remains one of the bright young talents on the Quackers and he should be able to deliver a 30 to 35 point year on the team's third line. It will be a different story in 2014-15, so keeper leaguers should acquire him now and reap the rewards of a 30-goal season then.
Etem is one of the Ducks' top prospects. He exploded last season with 107 points (61 goals) in 65 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. He was the first guy to score more than 60 in that league in 11 years and he came oh-so-close to scoring at a goal-a-game pace. He is a sprinter on ice with a sniper's mentality and he profiles as a top-line winger. The only knock on him -- and he is getting better -- comes from his roller hockey roots. He still occasionally lapses into the sweeping turns associated with that no-stop league and forgets that the game on the ice is exclusively stop-start. In juniors, his speed got him back into the play after one of those swathing machine turns, but he won't get away with it in the pros. He'll knock on the door in 2012-13 and maybe even get a cup of coffee with the Ducks. He should vie for a full-time gig in 2013-14.