The Coyotes continue to look beyond this season.
The 20-year-old was a third-round (73rd overall) selection by the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 Draft, having progressed through the various age groups in the US National Development System.
After being drafted by then-Coyotes general manager John Chayka, Emberson took his talents to the University of Wisconsin, where he has been developing into a promising two-way (defensive leaning) defenseman over the past three seasons.
The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native has registered 34 total points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 101 NCAA games, helping guide the Badgers to the Big-10 regular-season championship this year, having been named as the team’s primary captain.
While wearing the coveted ‘C’ on his jersey, Emberson had four goals and 13 total points in 31 regular-season games and was named to the Big-10 all-tournament team as well as being named an honorable mention on the Big-10 All-Star team.
As one of the Coyotes’ top young prospects, Emberson has now officially signed his first professional contract with the organization, which begins from this season.
Now that he is officially signed, the 6-foot-1, 194lbs right-handed blueliner will report directly to the organization’s AHL affiliates, the Tucson Roadrunners.
In joining the Roadrunners, Emberson will have the opportunity to continue his development and rub shoulders with the organization’s top defensive prospect Victor Söderström, who has been gaining valuable minutes in the minors.
The Arizona Coyotes are expected to see their defensive corps overhauled in a significant way ahead of the 2021/22 season, with the likes of Niklas Hjalmarsson, Jason Demers, and Alex Goligoski all expected to depart the desert this offseason – though some may do so by the trade deadline in five days’ time.
With the team likely to go through a period of transition, with the potential for a new coaching staff as well as a new-look roster, there may be opportunities for promising young players to make the jump up to the majors sooner rather than later, with Emberson a player that has a lot of potential at the NHL level.
The Coyotes do appear to be taking a different approach with their prospects now, allowing them opportunities to season their talents in the AHL before being brought up to the NHL on a full-time basis, so there is every expectation that Emberson will remain in Tucson for at least a full year.
However, with plenty of changes on the horizon in the desert, it would not be surprising to see him make his NHL debut before the end of the calendar year.