2004-05: Cory Emmerton's offensive potential was hinted at with a 17-goal, 21-assist performance last season in his rookie year with the OHL Kingston Frontenacs.
2005-06: With a stellar 90-point season paced with 64 assists for Kingston, Emmerton showed that he’s a prospect with elite playmaking skills that go a long way to make those around him better. Emmerton was a member of the Canadian Junior Under-18 squad in addition to participating in the CHL Canada-Russia Challenge series in 2005. He also received an invite to the CHL Top Prospect game and he displayed his offensive prowess in all instances.Few expected Emmerton to almost triple his offensive production this season.
2007-08: Emmerton played for three different clubs. Serving as the team’s captain, he netted 13 goals and 18 assists in 24 games with Kingston. The Frontenacs had a rough season, and Emmerton was traded to the Brampton Battalion mid-season. He played in 30 games with the Battalion, scoring 30 points (12 goals, 18 assists). He was then brought to Detroit’s AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, where he recorded one assist in seven games.
2008-09: In his first full AHL season with the Grand Rapids Griffins, Emmerton played in 69 games with 10 goals, 25 assists for 35 points. He was held to 1 goal in 9 playoff games.
2009-10: Emmerton skated in 76 games with Grand Rapids, scoring 12 goals, 25 assists for 37 points.
2010-11: While he started off the season very well, Emmerton regressed and posted numbers (12-26-38) typical of his play in the AHL for Grand Rapids. While his -1 rating may not indicate it, Emmerton improved his work ethic and defensive play throughout his 65 games with the Griffins. Received a 2 games call-up with the Red Wings where he scored a 1 in his first NHL game.
A talented playmaker with offensive flair and a nose for the net, Emmerton is the type of forward who makes those around him better. While his skill has drifted off a bit at the AHL, he has also shored up his defensive game in the process. At this point Emmerton projects as a solid third line center, with a higher offensive ceiling if he can find his game again.
Emmerton will battle for a spot on Detroit’s 2012-13 squad as the 13th or 14th forward. Unable to pass safety through waivers any longer, Emmerton will almost surely be claimed if he is sent back down to the AHL level.