Exceptions to the nhl/chl rule is if the player isn't drafted out of the chl, like a college or european player,he can be sent to the ahl.
Ex Tyler Pitlick was drafted out of college, he very well could have played in the AHL at 19. But since college only plays some 36ish games a year the Oilers felt it would be beneficial for him to play juniors for a season.
Etem was drafted after playing for the Tigers so its nhl or whl for him.
Selanne's signing is good news for the Tigers. Although even IF Etem comes back I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see him till Halloween. The Ducks start thier season in Europe so hopefully he can get to play a game or two over their. The ducks have said he will be given a shot to make their team, but have no problem sending him back.
Would LOVE to have Etem back, who will be a beast and gives the team a consistent scoring threat, but I'm sure he'd be heartbroken if he didn't make the Ducks. Like to see the guy succeed...like it even better if he was a Tiger in 2011-12!!!