Former Arizona Coyotes forward Emerson Etem has chosen to give up on the NHL and head overseas to Switzerland. Etem signed today for the remainder of the season with Lugano of the Swiss National League, according to EliteProspects.com.
The 25-year-old wing signed a one-year deal this offseason to play with the Arizona Coyotes, but didn’t make the squad and instead found himself with the Tucson Roadrunners. He eventually asked to be released and was put on unconditional waivers on Dec. 31.
Etem, a former first-round pick in 2010, struggled to etch out an NHL career as he has never played a full NHL season. His best season was in the 2015-16 season when he played 58 games between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks. He had seven goals and eight assists, but couldn’t parlay that into further success. He was waived by the Canucks at the start of the 2016-17 season and picked up by Anaheim, the team that originally drafted him, but only got into three Ducks’ games all season.
In 16 AHL games with the Roadrunners this season, Etem had four goals and one assist.