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Future Ducks: Rickard Rakell

Monday, 04.09.2012 / 1:18 PM / News
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Future Ducks: Rickard Rakell

“I’ve been learning a lot from last year, I’m more confident in my game and I feel like I can do more,” Rakell says.
By Warren Kozireski
Special to AnaheimDucks.com


Two years ago, Rickard Rakell made the decision to leave his native Sweden and move to North America to play junior hockey with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and he hasn’t looked back.

With his team immersed in a quarterfinal playoff series against regional rival Kitchener after defeating Guelph four games to two in the first round, the soon-to-be 19 year old has built on his solid rookie campaign with an even better second year in 2011-12.

The 2011 Ducks first-round pick (30th overall) had 28 goals, including eight on the power play, with 34 assists over 60 games, which bettered his 20 goal-25 assist season from a year ago. But the highlight of the year was winning a gold medal with Team Sweden at the World Junior Under-20 championships in Calgary/Edmonton this past January.

“I’ve been learning a lot from last year, I’m more confident in my game and I feel like I can do more,” Rakell said late in regular season. “I miss my friends and my family and this (Plymouth) is a different spot. But I wanted to learn because I want to play in the National Hockey League. It’s been working out great and we have a great team to make a long run in the playoffs.”

The 6-2, 190-pound center hails from Sollentuna, Sweden, which is 20 miles north of Stockholm inland from the Baltic Sea.

As for the World Juniors, where he netted two goals with three assists in the six games, “That was amazing. I felt like we had a good team and to go and do what we did that was just…it gets like that when you haven’t won for 31 years, but we always knew ourselves and I think that’s what made us strong.”

The latest edition of The Hockey News Future Watch lists Rakell 36th on list of 50 top prospects -- one of three Swedes among the Ducks' top 10.

“I’m very happy to be with Anaheim," Rakell says. "I feel like they are taking good care of me and making sure I’m making progress too. I want to work hard this summer and see where that takes me.

“I want to play in Anaheim as quick as possible, but I have so many things to do. It’s a long way there so I just need to work harder to make the road shorter.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 35 22 8 5 101 96 49
2 CHI 33 22 9 2 102 67 46
3 STL 33 21 9 3 100 81 45
4 NSH 31 21 8 2 87 64 44
5 SJS 34 19 11 4 97 87 42
6 VAN 32 19 11 2 92 90 40
7 WPG 33 17 10 6 80 76 40
8 LAK 34 17 11 6 94 84 40
9 CGY 35 17 15 3 100 95 37
10 MIN 31 16 12 3 91 84 35
11 DAL 31 13 13 5 89 104 31
12 COL 32 11 13 8 83 100 30
13 ARI 32 11 17 4 74 104 26
14 EDM 33 7 20 6 69 110 20

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 34 12 25 7 37
R. Kesler 35 11 15 -2 26
S. Vatanen 35 9 15 -1 24
C. Perry 23 14 8 11 22
M. Beleskey 35 15 3 11 18
C. Fowler 34 3 14 1 17
J. Silfverberg 35 4 12 3 16
H. Lindholm 34 4 11 12 15
P. Maroon 27 2 12 -5 14
D. Smith-Pelly 31 4 8 3 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28
F. Andersen 18 5 4 .913 2.41

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