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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 49 32 11 6 146 130 70
2 NSH 48 31 11 6 145 115 68
3 STL 48 31 13 4 156 117 66
4 CHI 48 30 16 2 151 112 62
5 WPG 50 26 16 8 140 127 60
6 SJS 49 26 17 6 137 135 58
7 VAN 46 26 17 3 124 118 55
8 CGY 49 26 20 3 140 127 55
9 LAK 48 21 15 12 133 129 54
10 COL 50 21 18 11 131 141 53
11 DAL 48 22 19 7 152 157 51
12 MIN 48 22 20 6 131 138 50
13 ARI 48 17 25 6 111 161 40
14 EDM 49 13 27 9 113 162 35

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 48 15 35 10 50
R. Kesler 49 13 19 -2 32
C. Perry 34 19 12 15 31
S. Vatanen 49 10 20 3 30
M. Beleskey 48 19 7 12 26
P. Maroon 41 6 18 2 24
C. Fowler 48 5 18 4 23
H. Lindholm 48 5 16 13 21
J. Silfverberg 49 6 13 2 19
K. Palmieri 25 10 6 0 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 27 6 5 .919 2.22
J. Gibson 2 2 0 .927 2.28

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