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Wounded Ducks recall first-rounders Etem, Rakell

Mar 20, 2014, 4:10 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

Anaheim has recalled two of its recent first-round draft picks — Emerson Etem and Rickard Rakell — from AHL Norfolk, the club announced on Thursday.

Etem (29th overall, 2010) and Rakell (30th overall, 2011) will have a shot to draw into the lineup tonight San Jose as the slumping Ducks have some health issues.

Defenseman Cam Fowler will miss the next 3-5 weeks with a sprained MCL, while forward Nick Bonino is sidelined with a foot injury after taking a puck to the skate. Another Ducks forward, Matt Beleskey, won’t face the Sharks because he’s fallen ill.

Etem, one of the fastest skaters in the Ducks organization, has seven goals and 11 points in 28 games this year but hasn’t played since Feb. 8. Rakell’s only made nine appearances for Anaheim this season but does have the more recent one, having last suited up in a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Mar. 10.

The Ducks are struggling lately, having won just six times in their last 15 games. A big reason for those struggles is the club’s anemic power play, which has scored twice in its last 48 opportunities.

  1. tomas3345 - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Future looks bright for the Anaheim Ducks, especially if Ottawa’s draft pick is a top 10.
    This could be a dangerous team for many years

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