First round pick forward Emerson Etem found himself on waivers twice to start off the 2016-17 regular season.
While the first waiver placement found him claimed by the Anaheim Ducks, though, the second time around he got to stay in one place.
The Ducks confirmed on Thursday afternoon that Etem had cleared waivers for the Pacifoc Division club, keeping him in their system and resulting in his reassignment to the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. He and prospect defenseman Shea Theodore were both reassigned to the minor league club and will report there today.
Drafted with the 29th overall pick in 2010 by the Anaheim Ducks themselves, Etem has struggled to remain at the NHL level throughout his career. He’s only appeared in lineups enough to put up 22 goals and 46 points, doing so in 173 career games.
The 24-year-old native of Long Beach, California has been bounced around a bit already, getting dealt to the New York Rangers last summer, then moving to the Vancouver Canucks (who waived him earlier this fall) and then back to his draft club in Anaheim.
The Ducks are off to a less than stellar start this year, going 3-3-2 to improve upon last year’s slow start (but not by much). Now, though, with a roster spot open from Etem’s reassignment, they had room to re-sign defenseman Hampus Lindholm. Having him back in the lineup should almost certainly help Anaheim improve their performance moving forward.