Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have acquired right wing Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and 6th round pick in 2017.
Etem, 23, has skated in 19 games with the Rangers this season where he has registered three assists (0-3-3) and two penalty minutes. He skated in 45 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season, registering 10 points (5-5-10) along with four penalty minutes. Etem established NHL career-highs in games playedand shots on goal (77) in 2014.15. In addition, Etem skated in 22 games with the Norfolk Admirals in 2014.15, recording 21 points (13-8-21) and two penalty minutes.
Etem also registered three goals (3-0-3) and posted a plus-one rating in 12 games with Anaheim during the 2015 Playoffs. He established NHL playoff career-highs in games played and shots on goal (23), and tied his playoff career-high in goals. The 6’1”, 212-pounder has skated in 131 career NHL games over parts of four seasons, split with Anaheim and the New York Rangers, registering 34 points (15-19-34) and 19 penalty minutes. Etem has also registered eight points (6-2-8) and 14 penalty minutes rating in 23 career playoff games.Prior to beginning his professional career, Etem played three seasons of junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.
In 202 career WHL games, Etem registered 252 points (143-109-252) and 84 penalty minutes. In 2011.12, Etem led all players in the CHL in goals with 61 and was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team.Originally drafted by Anaheim 29th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Long Beach, California native, has represented the United States in several international tournaments. Most recently, Etem tallied four assists (0-4-4) in six games at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also helped Team USA capture a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.