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2010 Draft Profile: Emerson Etem

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

Emerson Etem

#8 North American Skater
Medicine Hat, WHL

  • Position: Right Wing
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 6' 0"
  • Weight: 190
  • Born: June 16, 1992
  • Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Lightning Draft News

The NHL Entry Draft will take place on June 25-26 in Los Angeles and will be broadcast on Versus, NHL Network and TSN. Prior to the draft, caught up with Emerson Etem to ask him a few questions.

TBL: How have you imagined Draft Day to be next Friday?
EE: I’m really excited. All the hard work I put in is finally going to come to fruition and being drafted will give me a chance to see where I’m at in my game. My family and my friends will be there to share it with me, so it will definitely be a lot of fun.

TBL: Have you talked to any current NHL players to have them share their own Draft experience and give you insight into what to expect?
EE: Yes, I spoke to Wayne Simmonds of the Los Angeles Kings most recently, and also Chris Stuart of the Colorado Avalanche and Jiri Hudler from the Red Wings. They told me what their experience was like, how they were feeling, what they were thinking, and gave me advice for myself. I know things on Draft Day might not always go as you imagine, but they told me just to relax and be confident. It was a very special experience to talk with them.

TBL: There is a possibility that you could be drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Could you provide your thoughts on what it would be like playing in a non-traditional hockey city such as Tampa?
EE: I can definitely relate to the hot weather and the atmosphere. I’m a California kid, so I’m used to the beach and all that goes with it, although we don’t quite have the humidity like they do in Florida. It would be fun, and I would be comfortable playing there since there wouldn’t be much to adjust to. I love playing in a non-traditional hockey environment, so I think playing for the Lightning would be cool. I would love it.

TBL: What are your thoughts on being drafted by the Lightning and having the opportunity to play under Steve Yzerman?
EE: It would be a big thrill, especially after his success with Team Canada. I know to rebuild an organization takes time and there is a lot of pressure, but I know he is ready for it. He was a great player himself and I think he’ll be a great GM. It would be quite a thrill.

2008-2009 USA U-17 USDP 50 23 22 45 18
2009-2010 Medicine Hat WHL 72 37 28 65 26
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