|Steve Eminger was originally drafted in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (12th overall). (Getty Images) |
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6’2”, 212-pound defenseman Steve Eminger and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a first round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
Eminger, 24, posted two assists and eight penalty minutes in 20 regular season games for the Capitals this past season. He scored a goal in five playoff games during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Steve is a player we’ve always liked," said Holmgren. "He’s a former teammate of Mike Richards in Kitchener, so we those two have a connection. He’s still just 25 years old. I don’t believe he’s reached his peak yet and still has a ways to go. We think he’s going to be a nice fit."
In 212 career regular season games over parts of five NHL seasons with Washington (2002-03 through 2007-08), Eminger has registered six goals and 37 assists for 43 points and 221 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round (12th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior to joining the Capitals organization, Eminger played parts of four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 29 goals and 106 assists for 135 points and 273 penalty minutes in 191 regular season games. He was a member of 2003 Memorial Cup Champion Kitchener Rangers and was named to the 2003 Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team. He was also named to the OHL Second All-Star Team following both the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.