Future Ducks: Rickard Rakell

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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

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 25 45 15 70
C. Perry 67 33 22 13 55
R. Kesler 81 20 27 -5 47
J. Silfverberg 81 13 26 15 39
S. Vatanen 67 12 25 5 37
P. Maroon 71 9 25 -5 34
C. Fowler 80 7 27 4 34
H. Lindholm 78 7 27 25 34
M. Beleskey 65 22 10 13 32
R. Rakell 71 9 22 6 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 35 12 5 .914 2.38
J. Gibson 13 8 0 .914 2.60

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