Emerson Etem returns to Ducks in Vancouver waiver claim

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Forward Emerson Etem is returning to the Anaheim Ducks after the former first-round pick was claimed off waivers from Vancouver on Thursday.

The Long Beach native was drafted by Anaheim in 2010, and he debuted for the Ducks during the 2012-13 season. He scored 31 points in 112 regular-season games for Anaheim, adding eight points in 23 playoff games.

But after three seasons of inconsistent play, Etem was traded to the Rangers in a deal for Carl Hagelin in June 2015. New York then traded Etem to Vancouver in January, and he scored 12 points in 39 games for the Canucks.

Etem agreed to a one-year contract worth $775,000 in June.

The Ducks also placed center Joseph Cramarossa on non-roster waivers.