Emerson Etem A Big Part of Anaheim Ducks' Bright Future

By Jonathan Katje
Anaheim Ducks Emerson Etem
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The Anaheim Ducks are having a pretty good 2013 season, and despite a three-game losing streak are still second in the Western Conference standings. With the recent contract extensions for stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks have a good chance to be one of the league’s top teams for years to come. On top of that they have a lot of talented players developing with their minor league affiliates this season or in coming seasons. Several of those young players have gotten a chance to play with the Ducks this season, and have been impressive. Emerson Etem is one of the players getting a chance this season, and he has two goals (very nearly three) in five games and is starting to see more ice time each game.

The Ducks drafted Etem 29th overall in 2010, and he had been playing for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL during the lockout. He scored 13 goals and had 16 points for the Admirals and now has two goals and six points through 23 games with the Ducks. In his final junior season, Etem he led the WHL with 61 goals and added 46 assists. He has yet to flash that kind of offensive dominance at the pro level, but seems to be adjusting better as the season progresses.

In addition to Etem, the Ducks have gotten a great performance from Kyle Palmieri and Viktor Fasth in their first season with the team. Among the other prospects headed their way in the next few years are goaltender John Gibson, winger Rickard Rakell and defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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