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Prospect Preview: Rickard Rakell - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 24 Sep 2012
By: Michael Gosnell

The Anaheim Ducks are going through turbulent times. The Ducks fired head coach Randy Carlyle and hired offensive-minded coach Bruce Boudreau. Then, there were persistent trade rumors regarding star forward Bobby Ryan. If that was not enough, the Ducks finished with the third worst record in the Western Conference. Overall, it was not a illustrious season for the Anaheim Ducks and their fans.

With Teemu Selanne's retirement on the horizon, the Ducks have drafted very well at the forward position. Undoubtedly, Emerson Etem is the best prospect in the Anaheim system. Nevertheless, general manager Bob Murray drafted another two-way forward in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft that can help shape the Ducks in the scoring department.

The Ducks, with the 30th overall pick, selected Plymouth Whalers forward Rickard Rakell. Interestingly enough, he was selected 41st overall by the Whalers in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The Stockholm, Sweden native played for the AIK junior program prior to crossing the pond.

In his first season in Plymouth, Rakell scored 19 goals and accumulated 24 assists in 49 games. His numbers increased during the 2011-2012 Ontario Hockey League season as he scored 62 points in 60 games.

Rakell is a very well rounded player. He can play all three forward positions and is very durable. His athleticism gives him the potential to be a top-six forward.

His strong two-way game and hockey sense have helped make him a point-per-game player in the OHL.

During the World Juniors last season, Rakell was one of Sweden's go-to players and really proved his worth as a contributor.

He will be returning to Plymouth for what should be his last season of junior hockey. In two games this season, he has one assist but his numbers should pick up.

 While he is still developing his frame, there are no glaring weaknesses to Rakell's overall game. The only concern I have is his consistency. If Rickard Rakell can maintain his pace in the scoring department , then the Whalers should be a quality team this season.

In the next edition of the Prospect Preview, I will present to you Philadelphia Flyers prospect Colin Suellentrop.

PHOTO: From NHL.com


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