In his latest contribution to the franchise, Ducks right wing Emerson Etem led some 13,000 youngsters in the pledge of allegiance Thursday before the First Flight Field Trip at Honda Center.
It's not clear if Etem, 20, volunteered – or was volunteered by his older teammates – for that duty, but the 2010 first-round pick said he was happy to oblige because he seemed a logical choice.
"I'm an American guy, I grew up in Long Beach," said Etem, who arrived on the latest Norfolk-to-Anaheim shuttle in time to set up the Ducks' first goal in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Nashville. "The important thing was I remembered the words."
Immediate contributions were not one of the topics in the Ducks' practice/seminar for kids, but Etem could've delivered the theme if it had been.
He began his second stint with the Ducks this season when he forced Nashville's Pekka Rinne into a gaffe behind his net and fed the puck to Nick Bonino for a virtually empty-net goal.
"I'm an offensive player, and I try to produce," said Etem, who had two assists against the Kings on Feb. 2 in his earlier, eight-game NHL stint.
His coach noted the similar, early contribution in Etem's first call-up, and would like to see more.
"I'm like the state of Missouri, 'do it again,'" Bruce Boudreau said, mixing metaphors just a tad (It's the "Show-Me" state). "The biggest thing about these young kids is consistency – all of them have had flashes."
Ducks right wing, alternate captain and active legend Teemu Selanne said he likes what he's seen from Etem.
"I've always said the players who have that speed and skills and the good attitude are going to make it big in this league," Selanne said. "He's one of those kids. He just needs experience"
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