Every roster move is not worth a post. Wednesday saw two of them.
This afternoon, the AHL website listed Devante Smith-Pelly as a return on loan from the Ducks. Scratched the last few games, this came as no surprise. He didn’t come alone. Joining him? Gifted winger Emerson Etem, who adds a dynamic attack on the penalty kill and goal-scoring ability.
Etem’s return to the Admirals is a weird thing. In last night’s brutal loss to the Stars, Etem was one of the bright spots with a goal and great special teams play. Most had thought that he had earned a permanent roster spot with the Ducks. The reason for his return (as well as DSP’s) is to become more consistent and get more playing time.
On an offense-starved Admirals team, both DSP and Etem will easily slot in to the top six. At the NHL level, Etem already has 10 points (6 G+4A). He has already matched the total of the Admirals’ 2nd leading scorer, Steven Whitney. While Etem is here, I don’t know how long he’ll stay.
DSP will be here as long as there is health in Anaheim. He’s played somewhat well in his time with the big club, but still has room for improvement. Before being called up, Devo had scored 2 goals. I believe both of them were shorthanded, as well. In Anaheim, he’s racked up 8 points (1G+7A) in 16 games. His demotion back to Norfolk may be to see if he can open up his offense a little more and get shots to go in. Anything would be nice.
Expect both of these players in the lineup tonight as the Admirals take on the Charlotte Checkers in game 1 of the GEICO Challenge Cup.