If there is an NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks have more than a few vacant winger spots that will need to be filled by opening night. If there is to be another free agent signing from Anaheim, it would be unusually late and they don’t have much to pick from in the remaining free agent pool.

This means that at least one or two wingers from Anaheim’s talent rich farm system will get some significant playing time and a sizable chance to prove themselves this coming season. When you look at who they have to choose from, it might make sense they appear to be opting for homegrown talent as opposed to someone out of free agency. They’re certainly going to have some decent options, so we’ll look at a few of those options and see who might have the greatest impact and get the most playing time.

Emerson Etem

Etem is a pure goal scorer and, having racked up huge numbers at the junior level, he could have a real shot at making the team coming out of training camp. Considering Anaheim’s lack of depth at left wing, Etem–who shoots left–could be a regular on the Ducks roster this year, especially if he can migrate his scoring touch from the junior level to the NHL.


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