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Emerson Etem Claimed by Anaheim Ducks

Etem dodges a bullet and is moving home to Anaheim instead of Utica, NY.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Emerson Etem's Vancouver Canucks career came to an end this morning. He was claimed by the team that drafted him in the 2010 first round, the Anaheim Ducks.

Etem was acquired by the Canucks in January in a trade that sent Nicklas Jensen and a sixth-round draft pick to the New York Rangers. He produced decently down the stretch and earned a one-year, $775,000 deal. But he was outplayed in training camp and left off the Canucks roster in favor of Jack Skille and Brendan Gaunce.

His final Canucks stat line looks like this:

While there was hope he might become a productive winger and revitalize his career in Vancouver, Etem just never really seized the opportunity. He's fast, but not much seems to result from that speed. Before people start crying "But, asset management!", this is how waivers are supposed to work -- give veterans a chance to stay in the NHL and keep teams from hoarding players in the AHL.

Off the ice, he represented the Canucks at this summer's Pride Parade

And he has a great Siberian Husky named Rico: