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Duck Recall Etem from Norfolk (AHL); Reassign Gibson, Vatanen to Norfolk

Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 4:37 PM / News
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Duck Recall Etem from Norfolk (AHL); Reassign Gibson, Vatanen to Norfolk
The Ducks have recalled left wing Emerson Etem from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim\u2019s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender John Gibson and defenseman Sami Vatanen to Norfolk. In addition to today\'s roster moves, Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric has returned from his Long Term Injury Conditioning Loan.
The Ducks have recalled left wing Emerson Etem from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks have reassigned goaltender John Gibson and defenseman Sami Vatanen to Norfolk. In addition to today's roster moves, Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric has returned from his Long Term Injury Conditioning Loan.

Etem, 21 (6/16/92), has appeared in 29 games with Anaheim this season, earning 7-4=11 points with a +3 rating and four penalty minutes (PIM). He played 50 contests with the Admirals in 2013-14, scoring 24-30=54 points with a +14 rating and 10 PIM. At the time of his recall, the 6-1, 206-pound winger led active Norfolk players in goals, points, assists and plus/minus (+14).

Selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Etem has appeared in 67 career contests with the Ducks, collecting 10-11=21 points with a +10 rating and 13 PIM. The Long Beach, California native appeared in all seven Western Conference Quarterfinal games in 2013 against Detroit, tallying 3-2=5 points with a +4 rating and 2 PIM. Among team leaders, he ranked tied for first in goals, tied for third in points and tied for second in plus/minus. In 95 career AHL contests with Norfolk, he has 37-33=70 points with a +13 rating and 22 PIM.

Gibson, 20 (7/14/93), made his NHL debut this season with Anaheim, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 GAA and .954 SV% in three games. He became the youngest NHL goalie (20 years, 297 days) since Buffalo's Darren Puppa (Nov. 1, 1985 @ EDM; 20 years, 223 days) to record a shutout in his NHL debut after stopping all 18 shots for a 3-0 win on Apr. 7 at Vancouver. He was the first goalie to record a shutout in his NHL debut at any age since Al Montoya of the Phoenix Coyotes (Apr. 1, 2009 at Colorado) and the first in franchise history to record a shutout in his Anaheim debut. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Apr. 7-13 after making his first three career NHL starts.

The 6-3, 210-pound goaltender appeared in 45 games with Norfolk in 2013-14, posting a 21-17-4 record with a 2.34 GAA, .919 SV% and five shutouts. At the time of his recall on Apr. 6, Gibson ranked third among AHL goalies in GAA, seventh in SV%, second in shutouts, sixth in saves. Among rookie goaltenders, he led in GAA, tied for first in shutouts, second in SV% and saves (1141), and ranked fifth in wins.

Selected by Anaheim in the second round (39th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Gibson has appeared in 46 career AHL games has gone 21-17-4 with five shutouts, a 2.38 GAA and .918 SV%. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native was named the CCM/AHL Goalie of the Month in October after going 3-1-2 with a 1.44 GAA and .953 SV% in six appearances.

Vatanen, 22 (6/3/91), collected 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 20 PIM in 48 games for the Ducks in 2013-14. The 5-10, 183-pound defenseman won bronze with Team Finland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, leading all tournament defensemen in assists (5) and ranking tied for fourth in scoring (0-5=5). In 56 career NHL games, Vatanen has collected 8-15=23 points with a +12 rating and 22 PIM.

Selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Vatanen scored 2-5=7 points with four PIM in eight games with Norfolk in 2013-14. In 70 career AHL games, the Jyvaskyla, Finland native has collected 11-41=52 points with 48 PIM.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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