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Rangers get Etem from Ducks for Hagelin

by Dan Rosen

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Rangers acquired left wing Emerson Etem and the No. 41 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for left wing Carl Hagelin and the 59th and 179th picks.

Etem and Hagelin can become restricted free agents on July 1.

New York assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told that Etem, who is 6-foot-1, 212 pounds and had 10 points in 45 games this season, could be a top-nine forward right away with the Rangers.

"Etem has a lot of different attributes that Carl has, as far as his skating, his explosive skating, he backs up the D really well," Gorton said. "He's a guy that has a history of scoring in junior. He can shoot the puck. He has a physical aspect to his game, he's a pretty strong kid, very fit."

Etem, 23, has 31 points in 112 NHL games, all with the Ducks, who selected him with the No. 29 pick in the 2010 draft.

The Rangers used the 41st pick to select left wing Ryan Gropp from the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. The Ducks had acquired the No. 41 pick from the New Jersey Devils in a trade that sent forward Kyle Palmieri to the Devils.

Hagelin, a sixth-round pick by the Rangers in 2007, had 35 points in 82 games in 2014-15. He has 130 points in 266 NHL games, all with the Rangers, since making his debut in the 2011-12 season.

"It’s always hard (being traded)," Hagelin told the Ducks website. "You have a lot of friends. So many best friends are playing on (the Rangers). They have a lot of promising players. They’re going to be close to making the Stanley Cup every year. I loved the organization. They treated me well since Day One."

Hagelin expects to sign with the Ducks.

"They traded for me, so they know what my needs are," he said. "I don’t think my agent and the Rangers really talked in terms of a contract extension. Maybe the Rangers saw others guys who signed, and what they signed for, and maybe they weren’t able to keep me. I’m hoping to get a deal done soon with Anaheim. I’m happy Anaheim traded for me."

The Ducks selected Finnish center Julius Nattanen with the 59th pick and goalie Garrett Metcalf at No. 179.

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