In less time than it used to take Emerson Etem to rollerblade and ride public transit from his Long Beach home to Venice for his summer hockey workouts he signed an entry-level contract with the Ducks.
The fleet right wing, chosen 29th overall by the Ducks in the 2010 NHL entry draft, agreed Thursday to a three-year deal that will pay him $900,000 a year in the NHL and $67,500 in the American Hockey League. Only two California-born and trained players have been selected in an earlier spot in the NHL draft: Jonathon Blum of Rancho Santa Margarita was chosen 23rd by Nashville in 2007 and Beau Bennett of Gardena was selected 20th by Pittsburgh last year.
Etem, who had 45 goals and 80 points for Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League last season, said it took only about an hour for him and his agent, Eustace King, to settle on terms with the Ducks.
“It was pretty crazy. I wasn’t really expecting it to happen this quick,” Etem said. “I’m pretty excited, pretty stoked.”