NEW YORK, June 27, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has acquired forward Emerson Etem and a second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Carl Hagelin, a second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and a sixth-round pick (179th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Etem, 23, split this past season between Anaheim and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 45 games with Anaheim, Etem registered five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with four penalty minutes. He tallied all 10 points in 2014-15 at even strength. Etem tied single-game NHL career-highs with two assists and two points on Nov. 16 vs. Florida. He also skated in his 100th career NHL game on Mar. 1 at Dallas.
The 6-1, 212-pounder registered three goals and posted a plus-one rating in 12 playoff games with Anaheim this past season. He established playoff career-highs in games played and shots on goal (23), and tied his playoff career-high in goals. Etem also tied for fifth on Anaheim in even strength goals (three) in the playoffs.
In 22 regular season games with Norfolk in 2014-15, Etem recorded 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points, along with two penalty minutes. He posted seven multi-point games with Norfolk. Etem registered a three-game goal streak from Jan. 24 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Jan. 31 at Binghamton, and tallied a hat trick on Jan. 30 at Binghamton.
Etem has skated in 112 career NHL games over parts of three seasons, all with Anaheim, registering 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points, along with a plus-four rating and 17 penalty minutes. He has also registered eight points (six goals, two assists) and has posted a plus-five rating in 23 career NHL playoff games.
The Long Beach, California native has represented the United States in several international tournaments. Most recently, Etem tallied four assists/points in six games at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also helped Team USA capture a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Etem was originally selected by Anaheim in the first round, 29th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Hagelin, 26, registered 58 goals and 72 assists for 130 points in 266 regular season games over parts of four seasons with the Rangers.