Rakell was apart of the 2011 WJC Championships in Buffalo with Team Sweden as they finished 4th overall in that tournament. Rakell was the youngest player on that team and registered three assists during the tournament. For the Whalers, Rakell had 19 goals in 49 games while he was playing in his first full season with Plymouth.
Here is what Central Scouting had to say about Rakell:
"He's a good energy guy with a good work ethic and hustle. He forechecks hard, he bangs and is very responsible defensively. I really like his upside. He's one of those guys who the coach can throw out there and know what you're going to get. He has great balance and good skills and is physical. I can see him having an impact in the (NHL) two or three years down the road."
Read more on Rickard Rakell at our Anaheim Ducks blog, Anaheim Calling.
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