The Ducks signed Long Beach native Emerson Etem to a three-year entry level contract on Tuesday. Etem, the 29th overall pick in the 2010 draft, will make $900,000 each year he is in the NHL.
Asked about his recently completed season in the WHL, it would have been natural for Etem to get excited about any of the 45 goals he scored for the Medicine Hat Tigers. But he wanted to talk a little more about his first fight, which he saved for the last game of the playoffs:
“If you ask me, I won,” he said. “You can take a look at the video and judge for
yourself. It’s on youtube. It’s pretty cool for me to look back on that
and build a lot of confidence.”
There will be plenty of details in tomorrow’s editions about what Etem has been up to since that fight, and what it means for his chances of making the NHL next season (hint: it’s not impossible).
Etem joins Cam Fowler (12th overall) and Devante Smith-Pelly (42nd overall) among the Ducks’ 2010 draft picks who have already signed their first NHL contracts.