The Anaheim Ducks
on Thursday signed forward Emerson Etem
, their second first-round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.
Etem scored 45 goals and 80 points with 24 penalty minutes and a plus-41 rating in 65 games with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League this season. Etem, who turns 19 on June 16, finished tied for fifth in the WHL in goals and tied for eighth in plus/minus. He also led the WHL in shorthanded goals (9) and tied for 12th in power-play goals (15). In 15 playoff games, Etem added 10 goals and 21 points, 10th in the WHL. He had 37 goals and 65 points in 72 games with Medicine Hat in 2009-10, his first season in the league – leading all WHL rookies in goals and finishing fourth in points.
The Ducks took the native of Long Beach, Calif., with the 29th pick in last year's draft – he's the highest-drafted Southern California born-and-trained player in franchise history and third-highest in the history of the NHL. The 6-foot, 195-pounder played his minor hockey at the Los Angeles Hockey Club before moving to Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep School in Faribault, Minn., in 2007-08 and later the U.S. National Development Program in 2008-09.
Etem represented Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., scoring 1 goal in six games to help his country to a bronze medal.