Rickard Rakell

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Rickard Rakell
Rickard Rakell.png
Rakell in 2012
Born (1993-05-05) 5 May 1993 (age 26)
Sollentuna, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Anaheim Ducks
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2011
Anaheim Ducks
Playing career 2010–present

Rickard Lars Gunnar Roland Rakell (born 5 May 1993) is a Swedish professional ice hockey left winger currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected 30th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks.

Playing career[edit]

Major junior[edit]

Rakell was drafted 41st overall by the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL 2010 Import Draft.[1] Rakell was drafted 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He signed a three-year entry level contract with the Ducks on 3 July 2012.[3]

Professional[edit]

Rakell played his first NHL game following the 2012–13 NHL lockout on 19 January 2013, against the Vancouver Canucks. He registered his first NHL point on 8 November 2013, an assist on an Andrew Cogliano goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres.[4] Rakell scored his first NHL goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game against goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars on 25 April 2014.[5]

In March 2016, Rakell was named to Team Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey but was forced to pull out due to abdominal surgery.[6] Despite recovering in time for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rakell claimed he "never felt like himself"[6] and in September 2016, he underwent further surgery to remove scar tissue from his stomach as a result of his appendectomy.[7]

On 14 October 2016, Rakell signed a six-year contract with the Ducks.[8] Despite missing 10 games due to visa problems, Rakell put up a career high 51 points in 71 games.

In the 2017–18 NHL season, Rakell received a spot in the Pacific Division team for the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, Florida.[9] He recorded his first career NHL hat-trick on 25 February 2018 in a 6–5 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.[10]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Calgary
Silver medal – second place 2013 Ufa

Rakell has represented Sweden three times at the IIHF World U20 Championship, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, placing second, first and fourth, respectively.[11]

Personal life[edit]

His grandfather was Åke Rakell, a Swedish international table tennis player.[12] Rakell's brother Robin also plays hockey, currently with the Tønsberg og Omegn Ishockeyklubb in Norway.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 AIK J20 8 3 1 4 2 2 1 0 1 0
2010–11 Plymouth Whalers OHL 49 20 25 45 12 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Plymouth Whalers OHL 60 28 34 62 12 13 2 10 12 0
2012–13 Plymouth Whalers OHL 40 21 23 44 12 15 6 9 15 10
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Norfolk Admirals AHL 46 14 23 37 12 1 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Anaheim Ducks NHL 18 0 4 4 2 4 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 9 22 31 10 16 1 0 1 2
2014–15 Norfolk Admirals AHL 2 1 3 4 0
2015–16 Anaheim Ducks NHL 72 20 23 43 19 7 1 1 2 0
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 71 33 18 51 12 15 7 6 13 0
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 77 34 35 69 14 4 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Anaheim Ducks NHL 69 18 25 43 27
NHL totals 382 114 127 241 84 46 11 8 19 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden U17 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 1 1 2 2
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 5 0 3 3 2
2012 Sweden WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 2 3 5 4
2013 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 6 6 16
2018 Sweden WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 6 8 14 6
Junior totals 23 3 13 16 24
Senior totals 10 6 8 14 6

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year Ref
NHL
All-Star Game 2018 [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CHL Conducts 2010 Import Draft". ontariohockeyleague.com. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ "CHL Record 21 Players Selected in First Round of 2011 NHL Draft". ontariohockeyleague.com. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Whalers' Rickard Rakell Signs With Anaheim Ducks". ontariohockeyleague.com. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks". National Hockey League. 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Dallas Stars at Anaheim Ducks". National Hockey League. 26 April 2014.
  6. ^ a b Mastracco, Abbey (26 October 2016). "Rickard Rakell happy to be back with Ducks". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  7. ^ Share-Cohen, Brandon (18 September 2016). "Rickard Rakell Undergoes Successful Surgery". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  8. ^ Mastracco, Abbey (14 October 2018). "Rickard Rakell signs six-year contract with Ducks". NHL.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  9. ^ Dillman, Lisa (22 January 2018). "Rakell staying modest after becoming all-star with Ducks". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Oilers overcome late collapse, down Ducks in shootout". sportsnet.ca. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Rickard Rakell interview". dansallows.com. 2 January 2013. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  12. ^ Zupke, Curtis (27 February 2016). "Rickard Rakell is one Duck who knows how to paddle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Robin Rakell". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  14. ^ "NHL announces 2018 All-Star rosters - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 11 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Emerson Etem
Anaheim Ducks first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Hampus Lindholm