A veteran National Hockey League enforcer is looking to make a big comeback after a devastating injury completely sidelined him for large parts of two different seasons.
A report from Los Angeles Kings insider Jon Rosen has confirmed that the Kings have extended a professional tryout offer to veteran NHL enforcer Emerson Etem. According to Rosen the Kings have officially confirmed that Etem will be joining the organization in training camp indicating that the 26 year old forward has accepted the tryout.
Etem is coming off what have to be the worst seasons of his career both professionally as well as personally after a devastating injury laid him out for huge swaths of the 2016 - 2017 seasons and the 2017 - 2018 seasons respectively. . Etem had signed on as a member of the Anaheim Ducks in 2016 but only managed to appear in a total of 3 games prior to being sidelined by the knee injury, an injury that eventually required surgery and kept Etem out of action for several months.
In the 2017 - 2018 season Etem did make a return from injury when he joined the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League for 16 regular season games but he has yet to play in an NHL regular season game since suffering the injury. with the Roadrunners Etem recorded 4 goals and 1 assists for a total of 5 points and finished those 16 games with a plus minus rating of -3. After his time in the American Hockey League Etem was transferred to Lugano of the Swiss-A league where he played out the final 5 games of his season. Although it was a very limited sample size it seems that the Los Angeles Kings felt he did enough to warrant a shot to make their roster in training camp, although how likely that is to come pass remains to be seen.
The Kings have given out a lot of professional tryout offers over the course of the past several years but less than a handful of those players have actually been offered NHL contracts. It seems likely that unless Etem shows that he is in a position to bounce back during training camp that he will go the way most of he players on a King's tryout have gone.