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Ducks demote Etem, Karlsson to AHL

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Emerson Etem #16 of the Anaheim Ducks skates during the NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 28, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

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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.

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