You’d think that the best team in the NHL wouldn’t need a spark, but apparently, according to the coach, they do.
“Quite frankly, the one thing about last game is that it looked like there was a lack of energy and emotion, whether in the building or on the bench… Emerson is a guy who can bring both of those things. He’s been playing well [in Norfolk] and we thought it was a good time, with the ability of [Daniel] Winnik to play center, that we could do that.”
Etem has six goals and and four assists in 26 games for the Ducks this year. That has not been enough to keep him up with the Ducks as he has played 25 games in Norfolk. He has totaled 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in those games.
Obviously, Etem has the offense to provide the Ducks with a spark,but it looks like the Ducks want a little more out of him on the defensive side. Whether he can so that tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks remains to be seen. Obviously, he is happy about the move.
“It’s a great feeling when you get that call… I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win. I’ll be finishing my checks and creating energy for the guys. It’s what I’m here to do, and I’m excited for the opportunity.
“I know the crowd is going to be into it. It’s going to be an intense game. It’s a growing rivalry and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
“The defensive game is always important.Make sure you’re finishing your checks and always being on the [defensive] side of the puck. It was the little things that I was working on, and it seemed to work out.”
To facilitate the move, the Ducks sent David Steckel to Norfolk.