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Full circle: Ducks claim Etem, their first-round pick from six years ago

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 reunions continue in Anaheim.

The Ducks, who re-hired bench boss Randy Carlyle this summer, have gone out and added one of their former players -- Emerson Etem, who GM Bob Murray took with the 29th overall pick at the 2010 draft.

Etem, 24, was placed on waivers by Vancouver earlier this week after failing to make the team out of training camp. All told, Etem scored seven goals and 12 points in 39 games for the Canucks, who acquired him from the Rangers last season in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a 6th-round pick.

(That noise you hear is Canucks fans venting about GM Jim Benning’s asset management. Again.)

Etem was drafted while Carlyle was head coach in Anaheim, but never actually played for him. He made his NHL debut in ’13 under former bench boss Bruce Boudreau, and enjoyed his best years there.

Though Etem has fallen on hard times lately, the move back to Anaheim makes sense. He’s an incredibly fast skater, and one of the knocks on the Ducks is that they’re an older group that lacks overall team speed.