Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed right wing Emerson Etem to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $775,000.
“Emerson is a hardworking 24-year-old who supports our plan to build a young, fast, high-character team,” said Canucks General Manager Jim Benning. “His speed will help us compete next year and he is a good role model for our first and second year players because of the work ethic and professionalism he brings every single day.”
Etem, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Vancouver Canucks (7-5-12 in 39 games played) and New York Rangers (0-3-3 in 19 games played). The Long Beach, California native set career highs in points (15) and tied a career high for goals (7) this season and also finished the 2015.16 campaign on a career high five game point streak (4-1-5). He was acquired by Vancouver from the Rangers in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round pick in 2017 on January 8th, 2016.
Etem has played 170 career NHL games, accumulating 26 points (22-24-46) and 28 penalty minutes with the Canucks, Rangers and Anaheim Ducks. He played junior in Medicine Hat (WHL), where he led all WHL rookies in goals in the 2009.10 season.
On the international stage, Etem represented the United States twice at the World Junior Championships (2011 and 2012). He earned a bronze medal in 2011 with Team USA at the WJC.