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Shuffling the Duck: Anaheim demotes Etem, Smith-Pelly

Nov 27, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

Emerson Etem #65 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the San Jose Sharks at Honda Center on February 4, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
(February 3, 2013 - Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Losers in six of their last eight, the Anaheim Ducks shook things up on Wednesday by demoting 21-year-olds Devante Smith-Pelly and Emerson Etem — the latter being club’s first-round pick (29th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft — to AHL Norfolk.

Both have been fairly regular contributors this season. Etem sits tied for fifth on the team in goals, with six, and has played in 24 of 27 games while averaging 13:08 TOI per game. Smith-Pelly has notched eight points in 16 games since being recalled in late October, and is averaging just under 13 minutes a night.

That said, Smith-Pelly and Etem have fallen on hard times lately.

Smith-Pelly was a healthy scratch in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to Dallas and Etem was held to just 11 minutes (the only Ducks that played less were Daniel Winnik and Patrick Maroon.) Etem did score his sixth goal of the year last night, snapping a six-game pointless drought.

It’s speculative to say these demotions are messages being sent, though. The transactions would allow for the pending returns of Saku Koivu and Francois Beauchemin, both of whom are eligible to come off IR (Smith-Pelly and Etem can go to Norfolk without clearing waivers, as both are still on entry-level deals.)

But it’s also worth noting Etem and Smith-Pelly are going to Norfolk while 32-year-old journeyman Tim Jackman, who was acquired from Calgary last week and was also made a healthy scratch on Tuesday, remains with the Ducks.

Jackman, who played eight minutes in his first two games with Anaheim, would require waivers to be sent to the minors.

Update: Here’s more on the situation, from the O.C. Register…

 

  1. jernster21 - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Etem just scored a goal last night too. How many players have scored goals the night before their demotion this year? Quite a few.

  2. sjsblitz - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Theres a joke in demoting those two, I’m not going to be the one to say it though

    • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      he’s saying because they’re black.

      whatever part of that is a joke is still lost on me.

      • sjsblitz - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        No -_- was talking about scoring a goal in a blowout then getting sent down to Minors

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        when did that happen to Smith-Pelly?

      • ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        and why wouldn’t you say it?

        if it’s any consolation, I take back the notion that there’s no funny racial joke you could have said there. there’s probably a couple I would have had a chuckle at.

      • sjsblitz - Nov 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        Ah, no sending down Etem is a joke of a move. Pelly makes more sense, the kid still needs to develop

  3. ibieiniid - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Not to mention, David Steckel is playing really well for the Ads, so I would think he’d jump ahead of Pelly on the pecking order of 4th line Ducks. I think it’s only a matter of time til he’s back on a big team.

  4. fleshybear - Nov 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    stupid move sending down etem.he’s a great player with tremendous speed and upside. as if the penalty kill wasn’t bad enough, you move one of our best. I understand moving smithpelly.

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