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Ducks Select Swedish Winger Rakell in First Round of Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 11:07 PM / News
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Ducks Select Swedish Winger Rakell in First Round of Draft
The Ducks selected Swedish winger Rickard Rakell with the 30th selection of the NHL Entry Draft, held tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota. Anaheim, which was originally slated to select 22nd in the draft, traded that pick to Toronto for the 30th and 39th selections.

The 6-0, 191-pound Rakell (Stockholm) played last year for Plymouth of the OHL and led all team rookies in scoring in 2010-11, tallying 19 goals in 49 games in his first season in the league.

The 18-year-old Rakell was the youngest player to compete for Team Sweden (at 17) at the 2011 World Junior Championships, recording three assists helping Sweden finish fourth.

Personal:

Rakell credits his parents and brother for having the biggest influence on his career: “My parents have always given me the support I needed and I have always looked up to my older brother, always competing with him.”

His childhood hockey idol was Mats Sundin because he grew up in the same village (Viby).

NHL Central Scouting's Al Jensen on Rakell:

"He's a good energy guy with a good work ethic and hustle. He forechecks hard, he bangs and is very responsible defensively. I really like his upside. He's one of those guys who the coach can throw out there and know what you're going to get. He has great balance and good skills and is physical. I can see him having an impact in the (NHL) two or three years down the road."

Ducks Executive Vice President Bob Murray on trading down and taking Rakell with the 30th pick:

"We made the decision to trade down because we had a line drawn at a certain spot, where if everyone was gone by that spot, you have an opportunity to get a second round pick and you try that."

"We were doing well and then all of a sudden, three out of the four guys we wanted to take were taken right in a row before us. Toronto had come along and so did two other teams. Toronto had the highest second round pick, so we went with that."

"You had a next grouping of guys and Rakell was in that group. I saw him at the World Junior a whole bunch. He was a 17-year-old in the World Juniors and he did a good job there. He’s a good two-way player and a smart hockey player, and he can play center or wing. We’re very happy he was still there at 30."

"He’s very intelligent and he plays more of a North American game than a European game. I’m very happy about the pick."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 48 32 10 6 143 124 70
2 NSH 46 31 10 5 141 107 67
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 49 26 15 8 138 122 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 48 26 19 3 140 126 55
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 49 20 18 11 128 141 51
11 DAL 47 21 19 7 146 154 49
12 MIN 47 21 20 6 130 138 48
13 ARI 47 16 25 6 108 160 38
14 EDM 48 12 27 9 110 160 33

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 47 15 35 13 50
C. Perry 33 19 12 16 31
R. Kesler 48 13 18 -1 31
S. Vatanen 48 10 20 5 30
M. Beleskey 47 18 7 13 25
C. Fowler 47 5 18 4 23
P. Maroon 40 5 18 2 23
H. Lindholm 47 5 15 14 20
J. Silfverberg 48 6 12 2 18
K. Palmieri 24 10 5 1 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.24
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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