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Ducks send Etem back to AHL; Boudreau: ‘It’s not easy for a young guy to make our team’

Dec 10, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Emerson Etem #65 of the Anaheim Ducks skates prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on November 12, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. Getty Images

The Anaheim Ducks sent promising forward Emerson Etem back to the minors on Tuesday and, to hear Bruce Boudreau explain it, the decision was less about the player and more about the roster he was trying to crack.

“We’re a good team,” Boudreau said, as per Ducks color analyst Dan Wood. “It’s not easy for a young guy to make our team.”

Etem, the club’s first-round pick (29th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has six goals and 10 points in 26 games this year, and is averaging over 13 minutes per contest. He’s one of Anaheim’s fastest skaters and figures prominently on the penalty kill (which, admittedly, isn’t great, ranking 21st in the NHL at 81.1 percent.)

He’s already been sent down to Norfolk once this season — scoring five points in three games for the Admirals — but that stint was brief, and it’ll be interesting how long this current one lasts.

The Ducks are slowly getting healthy, with Mathieu Perreault set to return this weekend and Jakob Silfverberg “getting closer and closer,” according to Boudreau.

 

  1. ibieiniid - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Living in Norfolk and having been to Anaheim, I can assure you that moving from Anaheim back to Norfolk might possibly be the worst feeling this kid feels in his career. He’ll be back up soon.

    Norfolking way he stays here.
    ::dun dun dun cha::

  2. flash8910 - Dec 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    I feel for him, and I hope he understands the situation. This Ducks team is very talented, and very deep. With players coming back from injuries, some very good players will be sent down or moved. I have no doubt that he will be a good player in the NHL one day. He just may have to wait until next year, when Selanne will most likely retire. Koivu, Cogliano, Penner, Winnik, Jackman, Steckel will all be UFA.

  3. sanclementeacupuncture - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    He is a good player for sure, however this is good for him. Not to mention it is no big deal, try breaking into Baseball.

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