First round pick forward Emerson Etem saw his career come full circle earlier this season, when the Anaheim Ducks – who had drafted him 29th overall back in 2010 – picked him up off of waivers.
Now, though, he could be headed elsewhere once again.
It was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon, by TSN’s Bob McKenzie, that the 24-year-old Etem has hit waivers for the Ducks after just two games back in the team’s system. He failed to record a point in either of the two games.
A native of Long Beach, California, the winger skated in the WHL with the Medicine Hat Tigers following a successful career with the US National Development Program prior to being drafted. He then moved into Anaheim’s system in 2012, making his NHL debut during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Although he’s had streaks of good offense during his pro career, Etem boasts just 22 goals and 46 points through 172 career NHL games – which puts him in a bottom six role in the best of circumstances. Combine that with a mixed-bag start for the Ducks, who have gone just 2-3-2 to start their 2016-17 season, and it’s possible that the team wants to shake things up after just two games of play.
If he clears waivers, Etem will be eligible to stay in Southern California via reassignment to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. The league’s other 29 clubs will have the next 24 hours, though, to place their own claim on his services – in which case, he’d be back on the move.
In addition to Etem, McKenzie confirmed that Andrew Miller of the Carolina Hurricanes has been placed on waivers. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native went undrafted out of Yale University, getting signed to a free agent deal by the Edmonton Oilers back in 2013. Between the Oilers and the Hurricanes, Miller boasts one goal and six points in 15 career NHL games.