25-Year-Old Right Wing – Free Agent
Emerson Etem Contract Information:
Signed a one-year contract with HC Lugano of the Swiss League in January of 2018.
Etem agreed to terms on a one-year contract with HC Lugano of the Swiss League on Sunday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After being traded from the Rangers midway through the 2015-16 season, Etem found himself a home in Vancouver, notching seven goals and 12 points in 39 games. The 24-year-old finished the year on a roll, potting four goals in his final five games. While he’s never played a full season and only has 170 career NHL games under his belt, Etem appears destined for a breakout campaign as early as 2016-17. He could skate on a line with the rising Bo Horvat this year and should build on the seven goals he potted in his debut season in Vancouver. While there’s a chance he lands on the fourth line, Etem was a solid goal scorer in the AHL and is still young, so there’s potential for him to become an impact fantasy player in the coming years.
After he recorded just 31 points in 112 games spread over his first three seasons, the Ducks finally gave up and shipped Etem off to the Rangers in the Carl Hagelin deal. Anaheim's first-round pick in 2010, Etem has tremendous speed and a wicked shot, but has never been able to apply them much at the NHL level. The AHL hasn't presented him with much of a problem -- he put up 75 points in just 72 games for Norfolk over the last two seasons -- and at just 23 years old, Etem's going to get his chance to establish himself as a full-time NHLer in New York. However, it's not an ideal situation for him fantasy-wise, as it'll likely take a combination of injury and ineffectiveness on the part of the team's other wingers for Etem to break into the top two lines. Still, even if he plays on the third line, Etem will be playing with a combination of solid veterans and flashy youngsters, so he could pot enough goals to find deep-league relevance.
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.