Itís tough to find a silver lining in a promising Ducks season that ended with a disappointing seven-game loss to Detroit in the first round, but the play of Emerson Etem in that series would certainly qualify.
The 20-year-old rookie appeared to get better as the season progressed, and that was never more on display than in the Detroit series in which he scored three goals in seven games and had a plus-4 rating. In fact, Ducks fans were asked to vote for Anaheimís top postseason player in a poll on the teamís website, and Etem won with 40 percent of the vote.
After being sent down to Norfolk of the AHL in the middle of this season, and being recalled in late February, Etem was a mainstay in the Ducks lineup who appeared to get better with each passing day. It was the kind of ability the Ducks have expected from Etem ever since they selected the Long Beach native with the 29th pick of the 2010 NHL draft.