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2010 NHL Draft Profile: Emerson Etem

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2010 draft, will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?

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#8 North American Skater
Medicine Hat, WHL
Position: Right Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 6'0 Weight: 190
Born: 6/16/92 Born In: Long Beach, CA
It didn't take long for Emerson Etem to make his mark in the WHL. Playing in his first year with Medicine Hat, Etem tallied 65 points (37 goals) in 72 games on his way to being named Medicine Hat's Rookie Of The Year.

Etem who left home at 14, attended the famous Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Minnesota, The school has produced NHL stars such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Zach Parise and Jack Johnson.

Director of Central Scouting E.J. McGuire: “A 37-goal scorer with a good Medicine Hat team. He handles the puck so well at full speed. His crouch style belies his 6-foot stature. He looks smaller out there on the ice, but he's not small in productiveness. How about this -- he moved from Long Beach to Minnesota's Shattuck-St. Mary's to Medicine Hat, Alberta, all in the space of three developmental junior years.”

Etem On Etem: "I think I'm definitely a speed guy. I like to utilize my speed in all situations. I think I'm a great transition player. Through the neutral zone, I try to look for options, whether it's to go wide or drive hard at the net. I like also to just be around the net and bear down on chances that my linemates create. That's where I'm best is trying to put the puck in the back of the net and find places where I can do that."
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NHL Team: Los Angeles Kings
NHL Player: Ilya Kovalchuk
Goal Celebration: "Stick In The Air"
Movie: Life Is Beautiful, Happy Gilmore
Actor: Will Ferrell
Book: Catcher and the rye
Home Cooked Meal: Anything Mexican

Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2008-09 USA U-17 NTDP 50 23 22 45 18
2009-10 Medicine Hat WHL 72 37 28 65 26

Etem's Overtime Winner Leads Medicine Hat To Victory
(4.07.10) Emerson Etem scored his second goal of the game 8:26 into overtime to lead the Medicine Hat Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Hitmen in Game 3 of their Western Hockey League second-round playoff series Tuesday night.

With the win, the Tigers cut Calgary's lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series to 2-1. Game 4 in the best-of-seven is set for Wednesday in Medicine Hat.

California Kid Etem Could Hear Name Early
(12.09.09) Emerson Etem is used to traveling around North America to find places to play hockey. In June, the NHL is going to come to his backyard.

The 2010 Entry Draft will be at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and Etem, a rookie with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers by way of Long Beach, Calif., should be able to draw a big crowd for the event.

No, for Erik and his family, their big day this summer is Aug. 18. That's the day Erik's youngest brother, Dennis, will celebrate being cancer-free for five years.
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