Ducks Select Swedish Winger Rakell in First Round of Draft

Friday, 06.24.2011 / 8:07 PM PT / 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."

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58

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