Ducks Reassign Rakell to Norfolk of the AHL
Rakell, 20 (5/5/93), appeared in seven contests with Anaheim, scoring 0-1=1 point with two penalty minutes. The 6-1, 192-pound center was most recently recalled to Anaheim on Nov. 3. He made his season debut on Nov. 4 at the NY Rangers and notched his first NHL point (assist) on Nov. 8 vs. Buffalo. Rakell returns to Norfolk having scored 4-2=6 points with six PIM in 11 games for the Admirals this season. At the time of his recall on Nov. 3, he co-led the Admirals in scoring, goals and appearances.
Selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Rakell made his NHL debut on Jan. 19, 2013 at Vancouver as the sixth youngest player to appear in a game for the Ducks at 19 years, eight months and 14 days. A native of Sundbyberg, Sweden, Rakell played four games with Anaheim in 2012-13, going scoreless. Rakell spent the rest of 2012-13 with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), collecting 21-23=44 points with a +19 rating and 12 PIM in 40 games.