Ducks demote Etem, Karlsson to AHL

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The Anaheim Ducks moved to young forwards to the AHL on Monday, with at least one name that might raise a few eyebrows.

Perhaps the most glaring name is Emerson Etem, the 29th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft. William Karlsson was the other forward who finds himself in the AHL thanks to this personnel tweak.

Nothing’s official, but maybe this move is being made in part because Dany Heatley or someone else is ready to go?

Either way, neither forward was really lighting up scoreboards. Etem, 22, only has four points in 21 games while Karlsson, 21, collected three in 16 contests. It’s not as if Etem has lacked for chances in particular; he got some looks with Ryan Getzlaf (particularly when Corey Perry was out), logging about 52 minutes of even-strength time with the star center.

Both have a chance to eventually be impact players for the Ducks, but they might need to prove themselves at the AHL level to get their next shot.