Peter Holland and Jordan Hendry have been sent to Norfolk. Emerson Etem and Sami Vatanen have been called up.
The timing is interesting. My first reaction was that Ducks were giving Holland and Hendry some games to stay sharp. Good theory, bad timing. Admirals don’t play until the weekend. Ducks play three games in four nights commencing Friday. Tomorrow Ducks visit the Shark Tank for a tilt with San Jose.
Chances are very good that Vatanen will see his first regular season NHL action this weekend. Gabby has been complimentary about the Finn. Vatanen will also get some time with new assistant coach Scott Niedermayer. This move makes sense.
Hendry looked sharp filling in for Cam Fowler in the season opener at Vancouver. Holland is unable to unseat Rickard Rakell as the Ducks 4th line center. Big Pete looks to be having far too much respect for the NHL. He looks a tad tentative out there.
Hendry is a decent hockey player who may not have much future in Anaheim. He would probably be a top six D-man in Pittsburgh or Philadelphia and a handful of other teams.
The big surprise is Emerson Etem who hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in Norfolk. Etem, who is making the jump from Junior to Professional has 12 goals and 2 assists in 40 AHL games. Double EE did score twice and picked up an assist in the Admirals 5-0 over Bridgeport on Saturday.
Patrick Maroon, Dan Sexton and Luca Caputi will be worth watching this coming weekend to see how they respond to Double EE’s call-up.