2013-14 Report: Continued to make striking gains through a promising first pro season - highlighted by three call-ups to Anaheim including a seven-game NHL debut in November .. joined the Ducks for the final month of the season and appeared in his first four NHL playoff games (4-1-1-2) .. led...
2013-14 Report: Continued to make striking gains through a promising first pro season - highlighted by three call-ups to Anaheim including a seven-game NHL debut in November .. joined the Ducks for the final month of the season and appeared in his first four NHL playoff games (4-1-1-2) .. led Norfolk in scoring at the AHL All-Star break (34-10-19-29) - despite missing time on NHL recall plus nearly a month (eight games) to an unspecified January injury .. smart, competitive two-way forward with good size, range and mobility .. propelled by a wide, lunging stride .. reverses direction effortlessly and possesses excellent lateral cutting and pivoting ability .. proficient creating space with his skating prowess and spacious frame, accentuated by large extensions .. packs a hard wristshot .. works tirelessly off the puck, powered by excellent determination .. not a nasty presence, but stays involved in a physical sense .. developing into a stout checker - utilizing his stick and reach advantage proactively .. flows back naturally with the play - and has a knack for intercepting plays and initiating the transition .. responsible and disciplined .. tracks back in strong support routes, displaying sound awareness and positional sense .. shows improving confidence in his puckcarrying and 1-on-1 abilities .. patient buying time and space and letting plays develop, albeit must continue to elevate his playmaking tempo .. should get better at plowing through physical resistance as his strength and muscles mature .. versatile prospect - who can fill specific roles.
2012-13 Report: Cracked the opening roster and made his NHL debut - appearing in four of Anaheim's first five games .. stayed with the Ducks for an additional two weeks - as a healthy scratch given a fifth game played would have activated the first year of his contract .. returned to the OHL and sparked Plymouth on an 18-1 tear into the playoffs - albeit he sat out the final six regular-season games nursing a minor injury .. arrived at NHL camp right after winning a silver medal with Team Sweden at the U20 World Juniors, and tying for the team scoring lead (6-0-6-6) .. Rakell impresses as a smart and dedicated defensive player - and fit in comfortably on the fourth line - a role he stands a decent chance of inheriting this season .. increasingly more effective operating in traffic and along the boards .. displays a knack for using his body span and pivoting ability to create playmaking space .. however, his long-term interests might be better served by spending his first pro season in the AHL - and working to strengthen various aspects of his game .. can improve as a puckmover and passer - and would also benefit from injecting a meaner edge at certain key times .. let his guard down a few times in the playoffs and got burned - notably by Bo Horvat and the London Knights in the conference finals.
A competitive two-way forward with good size, range and mobility .. propelled by a wide, lunging stride .. reverses direction effortlessly and possesses an excellent lateral cut .. proficient at creating space with his skating prowess and spacious frame accentuated by large extensions .. packs a hard but wild wristshot which he will power through resistance .. keeps his feet activated and works tirelessly off the puck, powered by excellent determination .. not a nasty presence, but stays involved in a physical sense .. goes hard to the net .. excels as a crease-sitter on the power play - and as a forecheck torpedo .. proficient working the boards .. responsible and disciplined .. tracks back in strong support routes, displaying sound awareness and positional sense .. continues to develop better poise and patience in possession .. not as instinctive negotiating traffic .. decision making and play selection can be rushed at times .. solid, mature prospect - can fill specific role.
2011-12 Report: Distinguished himself as a 'jack-of-all-trades' in his second season in North America, while hitting career highs .. also a universal part of Sweden's gold medal-winning World Juniors (6-2-3-5), leading the team in faceoff proficiency (64.3%) and firing 35 shots.
- May 23, 2017
Update:Rakell, who missed the Ducks' final two postseason games due to a lower-body injury, had 13 points during the playoffs.
Analysis:After posting career highs in goals (33) and points (51) during the regular season, Rakell was able to continue his strong play during the playoffs -- the 24-year-old Swede notched seven points, six assists and a plus-13 rating that's tied for the second-best mark in these playoffs. This was a promising campaign for Rakell, and it could very well lead to a prominent role with Anaheim next season.
- May 21, 2017
Update:Rakell (lower body) did not accompany his team to Nashville and will not play Monday's Game 6.
Analysis:Rakell being unable to go for Monday's contest is a huge blow to an offense that notched just one goal in Saturday's loss to the Predators. Rakell has been the leading goal-scorer during Anaheim's playoff run and they could use his offensive prowess more than ever with the team on the brink of elimination. If the Ducks can pull out the win Monday, Rakell will have an opportunity to return for Wednesday's Game 7 in Anaheim.
- May 20, 2017
Update:Rakell will miss Saturday's Game 5 with a lower-body injury.
Analysis:This is a bit of a surprise, as Rakell was expected to play until this announcement was made close to the start of the game. The Ducks will definitely miss Rakell, who scored 31 goals this season, and who had a three-game point streak going.
- May 6, 2017
Update:Rakell scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the overtime winner against Edmonton on Friday.
Analysis:After a breakout regular season, Rakell has five goals, nine poits and 28 shots through nine playoff games. He's establishing himself as a go-to scorer for the Ducks, and he's currently skating with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at 5-on-5. It's a scary trio, and one of the three Anaheim forwards recorded a point on all four of the Ducks' goals in Game 5. Looking ahead to the fall, while Rakell's still a strong fantasy target, it'll be difficult for him to duplicate his 18.6 shooting percentage.
- May 4, 2017
Update:Rakell banged home a goal in Wednesday's overtime victory against the Oilers.
Analysis:Rakell has garnered a goal in back-to-back outings, and he has four overall in the playoffs. The winger seems to be thriving on the Ducks' top line alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry in addition, and he's averaging 2:36 of ice time on the power play in this second-round series. The 23-year-old will need to continue producing for Anaheim to get past Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
- April 18, 2017
Update:Rakell generated a pair of primary assists -- including the game-winning setup in overtime -- in Game 3 on Monday against the Flames.
Analysis:The Swede made serious noise in the regular season with a team-high 33 goals over 71 games, and it doesn't look like he's let off the pedal early in the playoffs. Rakell's fashioned four points and a plus-5 rating to help the Ducks take a 3-0 series advantage. The only downside is that he has yet to record a man-advantage point in this quarterfinal playoff round, but at least in Game 3, Calgary had no one go to the box the entire contest.
- April 7, 2017
Update:Rakell contributed a goal, power-play assist, and a team-high five shots in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Blackhawks.
Analysis:Rakell helped open the scoring by assisting on Corey Perry's first-period tally with the extra man, then concluded it by potting his 33rd of the season with 5:17 to play. The Swedish forward has taken just six more shots than last season, but an increase in shooting percentage from 11.8 to 18.9 percent has allowed his goal total to rise from 20 to 33. He'll need one point in the finale to reach 50 for the first time.
- March 23, 2017
Update:Rakell scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Oilers on Wednesday.
Analysis:The young Swede has been the definition of a scoring machine lately, as he's now potted 10 goals in his last 12 games for an impressive total of 32 on the year, which is easily a new career high; it's also tied for 10th in the league with a certain someone named Patrick Kane. It's worth pointing out that Rakell is currently sporting an unsustainably high 20.6 shooting percentage for the season, but owners certainly haven't minded, given his level of production. He also has a whopping 10 game-winners, tops in the NHL.
- March 18, 2017
Update:Rakell scored a goal for the fourth consecutive game during Friday's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis:It was the 31st tally of the season for the 23-year-old star, and Rakell's 1.77 goals per 60 minutes pace all skaters with at least 500 minutes. His 20.8 shooting percentage is unsustainable, but there is plenty of room for negative regression in the column before his fantasy stock takes any sizable hit. Additionally, it's worth noting that Rakell hasn't received many looks with the No. 1 power-play unit, so looking ahead, more time with the man advantage could elevate his virtual stock even higher.
- March 4, 2017
Update:Rakell picked up a pair of goals with a plus-1 rating, two blocked shots and a hit in Friday's 5-2 win against the Maple Leafs.
Analysis:After a nine-game stretch with just one goal, Rakell has lit the lamp four times in the past three games while posting the game-winning tally in two of the outings. Rakell's assists are way down this season, but he is now up to a career-high 26 goals. The unheralded sniper is an outstanding option for any fantasy roster.
- February 23, 2017
Update:Rakell powered the Ducks to a 5-3 home win over the Bruins by netting a pair of even-strength goals Wednesday.
Analysis:Rakell's first tally was made possible by goalie Tuukka Rask losing track of the puck, only to sweep it into the cage with his leg. The Swedish pivot would light the lamp yet again for the go-ahead goal in the third stanza. While his assists are way down -- he has just 10 after reaching 23 last year -- Rakell's managed a career-high 24 goals in 51 games with an immaculate 20.0 shooting percentage to boot. Here we have a terrific complementary option to any elite skater that you may have on your fantasy roster.
- February 10, 2017
Update:Rakell potted a goal and added an assist while going plus-3 in Thursday's 5-2 win over Buffalo.
Analysis:Ah, there he is. It'd been nearly a month since Rakell's last multi-point effort (Jan. 12 in Colorado), and he'd picked up just a single point in a five-game span coming in despite regularly seeing more than 20 minutes of ice time. Indeed, even with that little skid, Rakell has become one of the Ducks' most relied-upon forwards, and with 22 goals, he's already surpassed last season's career-best mark.
- January 18, 2017
Update:Rakell found twine in overtime to earn a 2-1 victory Tuesday over the Lightning.
Analysis:After a five-game absence from the scoresheet, the Swede is heating up with four points over his last four contests. Rakell has been following up last season's breakout in a big way in 2016-17, as his 19 goals are just one off last year's total and his 27 points amount to a 62-point pace, which would obliterate the 43 from 2015-16. However, it's worth noting that he has an unsustainably high 22.1 shooting percentage, so some regression likely lies ahead -- at least in the goal-scoring department -- in the second half of the season.
- December 31, 2016
Update:Rakell scored for the second consecutive game against Vancouver on Friday.
Analysis:The 23-year-old winger is in the midst of a breakout campaign with 16 goals, 23 points and 73 shots through just 27 games this year. Rakell entered Friday's game with a 16th-ranked 2.94 points per 60 minutes among all skaters with at least 400 minutes this season, and he's probably underrated in many fantasy circles. While there is likely negative regression ahead of his current 21.9 shooting percentage, Rakell is an emerging scorer that's generally undervalued.
- December 9, 2016
Update:Rakell (lower body) will be back in the lineup for Friday's meeting with San Jose, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell was sidelined in the Ducks' last two outings. Prior to getting hurt, the winger tallied a goal in six of his previous eight appearances, but may struggle to keep the momentum going against a Sharks squad allowing a mere 2.12 goals per game, second best in the league.
- December 7, 2016
Update:Rakell (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:With Rakell unavailable, Stefan Noesen will slot into a bottom-six role to round out the Ducks' depth at forward against the Hurricanes. Rakell was reportedly close to being ready for Wednesday's contest, suggesting he could be ready to return to action Friday against the Sharks.
- December 6, 2016
Update:Rakell (upper body) returned to practice Tuesday and hopes to play in Wednesday's game against the Hurricanes, Curtis Zupke of the LA Times reports.
Analysis:Rakell missed the Ducks' game against the Flames on Sunday due to the ailment but it appears he may just need one game off before returning to NHL action. The 23-year-old center said following Tuesday's practice "I felt better today than yesterday" and "Hopefully it feels better [Wednesday]". The Swede had tallied six goals in his previous eight games prior to his injury.
- December 4, 2016
Update:Rakell is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play Sunday against the Flames.
Analysis:The injury comes as a surprise, as nothing had been previously mentioned by the team after Rakell played a season-high 20:11 against the Oilers on Saturday. It's a significant blow to the Ducks and fantasy owners given how hot the Swede has been lately (six goals in his last eight games), so hopefully the injury isn't serious and he'll be able to return to action soon. Rakell's first chance to suit back up will come Tuesday when the Ducks open a three-game homestand with Carolina.
- November 27, 2016
Update:Rakell scored a goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Analysis:The 23-year-old Swede has been lighting the lamp with frequency lately, as he's now scored in four of his last five games, and his little hot streak gives him a very impressive 12 points in 13 contests. While his near point-per-game pace almost certainly won't hold up over the rest of the season, Rakell is a talented scorer with first-round pedigree (2011) that looks poised to top last year's 43-point career-high output.
- November 2, 2016
Update:Rakell had a huge 2016-17 debut Tuesday, scoring the game's opening goal and adding two assists (one on a power play) in a 4-0 win.
Analysis:Thanks to John Gibson's shutout, Rakell's goal with 31 seconds left in the first period held up as the game-winner. After improving to 20 goals and 43 points last season, the Swede had a contract holdout and visa issue delay the start of the new campaign, but now that he's back in the fold, Rakell should continue developing into an offensive force.
- November 1, 2016
Update:Rakell (abdomen/personal) is ready to go and should be in the lineup for Tuesday night's clash in Los Angeles, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:It would seem that Rakell is completely healthy and legal to play in North America after resolving his visa issues. He'll likely enter the Ducks' lineup on Tuesday and could center the third line occupied by Antoine Vermette and Chris Wagner. He's coming off of a breakout 2015-16 campaign that saw him notch 43 points, so the Ducks and fantasy owners alike should be excited to see if he can repeat or improve upon that sort of production.
- October 29, 2016
Update:Rakell (abdomen/personal) could make his season debut at some point next week, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell recently addressed a visa issue and he's reportedly been working in contact drills with his teammates following offseason abdominal surgery. Only two teams (Devils, Cancucks) are averaging fewer goals than the Ducks at a current rate of 2.33 per contest, but Rakell could be the missing ingredient for success, as he drove in 20 goals last campaign.
- October 26, 2016
Update:Rakell (personal) is skating with the Ducks after resolving a visa issue that was preventing him from joining the team.
Analysis:Rakell is not quite game ready, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports as he continues to recover from offseason surgery to remove scar tissue from his abdomen. The 23-year-old will probably need to get a few practices under his belt in order to get his legs back under him. Once he is cleared to return, the center figures to be a big offensive contributor for the Ducks and could repeat his 2015-16 performance in which he snagged, 20 goals and 23 helpers.
- October 20, 2016
Update:Rakell is stuck in Sweden due to a visa issue, but has an appointment Thursday in Stockholm and could rejoin the team as early as next week, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell has been working out and skating in Sweden in his recovery from a procedure to remove scar tissue that built up following his March appendectomy, but the visa issue is the only thing keeping him off the ice right now.
- October 18, 2016
Update:General manager Bob Murray has suggested that Rakell (abdomen) will sit until at least Sunday, but could be out up to a week beyond that.
Analysis:The team is taking a cautious approach to his return to ensure he's "strong enough going forward." The team should update his status again at some point before his return. There's an outside shot he returns for Thursday's game, but he can safely be ruled out for Tuesday. If he's out for both contests, his next shot at returning would come Sunday, when the Ducks host Vancouver.
- October 14, 2016
Update:Rakell (abdomen) signed a six-year, $22.8 million contract extension with the Ducks on Friday.
Analysis:After setting career highs in goals (20), assists (23) and game-winning goals (7) in the final year of his entry-level contract in 2015-16, Rakell was looking for a long-term extension this offseason, and was willing to hold out in order to get it. By signing Rakell to a six-year contract with an average annual value of just $3.8 million, the Ducks were able to lock down an extremely promising young forward at a highly affordable rate long term. The 2011 first-round pick is still recovering from an appendectomy, but with a new deal in place, he'll be able to rejoin his teammates as soon as he receives medical clearance. The 6-foot-2 Swede will slot into a top-six role upon his return to action, and will look to improve upon the 43 point total he achieved over 72 games last season, rewarding fantasy owners that were willing to roll the dice on him in the process.
- October 11, 2016
Update:Rakell (abdomen), a restricted free agent, remains unsigned by the Ducks, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis:Rakell is arguably the biggest name still holding out on a new contract with the regular season just two days away for the Ducks. Having completed the maximum three years of an entry-level contract, Rakell is said to be looking for a long-term extension. The Swede certainly set the bar high with 43 points in the regular season of 2015-16, but he struggled in the playoffs to the tune of two points and a minus-4 rating through seven contests. On top of trying to get a new deal done, Rakell is recovering from an appendectomy, making fantasy owners play the waiting game as the 2016-17 season looms.
- September 24, 2016
Update:Rakell was not on the ice for the start of training camp Friday as he continues to recover from abdominal surgery.
Analysis:The Swede had to bow out of the World Cup of Hockey due to the injury, which is especially unfortunate since his countrymen will square off against Team Europe on Sunday for a pivotal semifinal match. Still, there's been no indication that his status for Opening Night is in jeopardy.
- September 17, 2016
Update:Rakell will be off the ice for two weeks after undergoing surgery to remove scar tissue leading up to his appendectomy, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell had to withdraw from the World Cup of Hockey due to a stomach virus, which evidently was appendicitis. Assuming the Swedish center makes a full recovery in two weeks, his status for Opening Night should not be in jeopardy. A gritty player who's strong on the forecheck, Rakell recorded career highs across the board last season, including 20 goals, 23 assists, and 10 points on the man advantage. He is a restricted free agent, so perhaps the down time will allow him to come to terms with the Ducks on a new deal.
- September 12, 2016
Update:Rakell (illness) is undergoing tests for a stomach virus and will miss the World Cup it was announced Monday.
Analysis:Rakell, who has been hospitalized as they await test results, will be replaced on Team Sweden by Patrik Berglund. It is unclear what, if any, impact this will have on his availability for the start of the upcoming season. Even if he has a slow start to the year, the 23-year-old should still be able to repeat 2015-16 form in which he tallied 20 goals and 23 helpers.
- September 11, 2016
Update:Rakell is still in the hospital due to an unspecified illness, Joe McDonald of ESPN reports.
Analysis:With Rakell out, Mattias Ekholm will continue to have increased playing time for Team Sweden. It is unclear how long Rakell will be affected by the illness. There will likely be more updates on his status once a diagnosis is made.
- September 10, 2016
Update:Rakell will not play in Saturday's World Cup of Hockey preseason game because he is sick, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Mattias Ekholm is reported to see increased ice time in Rakell's stead as Team Sweden faces off against its border foe, Finland. While Rakell's illness doesn't appear to be serious, he could be shut down for the remainder of the WCOH exhibition games before the tournament officially begins Sept. 17.
- June 27, 2016
Update:Rakell was extended a qualifying offer from the Ducks on Monday, Dhiren Mahiban of the New York Times reports.
Analysis:Rakell posted career-high numbers across the board in his fourth season with the Ducks, recording 20 goals and 23 assists over 72 games. Rakell could've posted even higher numbers, but he ended up missing the final seven games of the season with an appendix issue. With the injury expected to be healed by the start of next season, the Ducks wanted to keep him around, so by offering him the qualifying offer, the team will be able to match any offers he receives on the open market. At just 23 years old, Rakell has plenty of potential to improve on his most recent breakout season.
- April 15, 2016
Update:Rakell (appendicitis) will be in the lineup Friday against Nashville.
Analysis:The 22-year-old center missed the final seven games of what was a breakout season, scoring 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games. Rakell looks set to be a big factor in the series, with his combination of skill and grit on the Ducks' second line being a potential area where they can overwhelm a somewhat thin Nashville roster.
- April 12, 2016
Update:Rakell (appendicitis) is likely to return at some point in the first-round playoff series against the Predators.
Analysis:The Ducks are being rather equivocal about Rakell, saying he's "definitely probable" to play at some point in the series. But one thing is clear: he's sure to be reevaluated ahead of Game 1 on Friday.
- April 7, 2016
Update:Rakell (appendicitis) is out for the rest of the regular season, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The team is hopeful that Rakell will be able to resume skating over the weekend and then be available for the start of the playoffs after having his appendix removed. Prior to having to undergo surgery, the center was on a hot streak with seven points in his last 10 outings. The team will provide more updates once the 22-year-old is able to get back on the ice.
- April 1, 2016
Update:Rakell (appendicitis) will be out for one week.
Analysis:There's likely to only be two games remaining on the regular-season schedule by the time Rakell is ready to return. It's an anticlimactic way for the Swede to inch toward the end of the regular season, as the versatile two-way forward has easily set career-high marks in goals (20) and points (43). At this point, it's important for Rakell to get healthy for the playoffs since the Ducks have clinched a spot.
- March 30, 2016
Update:Rakell won't play Wednesday against the Flames due to an illness.
Analysis:It's a big loss for the Ducks, as Rakell has played well lately, tallying seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last nine games. The 22-year-old forward will hope to return to action Friday against the Canucks.
- February 27, 2016
Update:Rakell scored the overtime-winning goal Friday against Edmonton.
Analysis:It was a thing of beauty from Rakell, who undressed an Oilers' blueliner, before deking out netminder Cam Talbot. The 22-year-old is having a breakthrough season, notching 16 goals and 34 points in 57 games. Rakell is currently skating on the second line and playing on the power play, so if the sniper happens to be available, he's worth grabbing, as the surging Ducks have now won seven straight games.
- February 19, 2016
Update:Rakell notched a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Canucks.
Analysis:Rakell has now extended his point streak to three games, with two goals and two assists in that span. The 22-year-old has been having himself a nice start to 2016, with half of his career-high 32 points coming in the last 21 games. If Rakell can keep up this level of production, he may be worth a look in some shallow leagues.
- February 6, 2016
Update:Rakell collected two helpers in Friday's win over the Coyotes.
Analysis:Rakell skated on the second line, firing three shots on goal in 14:48 of ice time. The 22-year-old has been producing for a surging Ducks team, racking up three goals and seven points in his last seven games. He's now got 11 goals and 26 points on the season and is worth looking at right now. Rakell has a lethal shot and been producing more consistently of late, so if Anaheim continues to roll, the young forward could prove to be very useful down the stretch.
- January 18, 2016
Update:Rakell scored his ninth goal of the season and fired six shots on goal in Sunday's loss to the Kings.
Analysis:A very strong effort from Rakell, who also dished out four hits and was named second star of the game. The 22-year-old is skating on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and is up to 20 points in 40 games on the season. The left-winger has gone through some dry stretches this year, but he's a sniper on the rise who makes for a reliable fantasy option in deeper formats right now.
- January 4, 2016
Update:Rakell netted his eighth goal of the season and added an assist in Sunday's win over Winnipeg.
Analysis:That's 18 points in 35 games for Rakell, who is skating on the top line with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. The 22-year-old has a wicked shot and should be looked at in deeper formats, especially considering the fact the Ducks are surging and have won four of their last five games.
- December 22, 2015
Update:Rakell picked up a first-period assist and sent the game to overtime with his late-third-period goal Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
Analysis:Rakell had been struggling to register on the scoresheet recently, as he had just a lonely assist in the last six games coming in, so this was a nice slump buster for the young Swede. Lacking anyone else to play with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, the Ducks have stuck with Rakell in a prime role through good times and bad, and they got paid off Tuesday.
Update:After going scoreless Monday against the Islanders, Rakell has just one point (an assist) in his last six games.
Analysis:He still hasn't scored a goal in December, and the month's starting to draw to a close. Rakell has continued playing top-six minutes despite his lack of production recently -- in those six games, he's averaging 16:34 of ice time, including 1:44 on the man advantage. A glance at Rakell's game log makes it look like he's losing power-play time, but it's actually more that the Ducks haven't been drawing many minor penalties these last few games. It looks like the 22-year-old Swede will keep seeing opportunities to break out of his slump.
- December 1, 2015
Update:Rakell notched his sixth goal of the season on Monday against Vancouver.
Analysis:Rakell appears to be loving life riding shotgun with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Of his six goals this season, five have come in the month of November, which he has spent most of playing left wing on the first line. Rakell might still be hanging around on waivers in your league, so if you're looking for some scoring help, give the young Swede a shot.
- November 11, 2015
Update:Rakell will play in Tuesday's game against the Oilers, Curtiz Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Rakell, who has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in 12 games this season, took rushes with the first and fourth line in pregame warmups, indicating he could see time with both units in Tuesday's contest.
- November 10, 2015
Update:Rakell (upper body) is questionable for Wednesday's tilt against Edmonton, Ducks radio color analyst Dan Wood reports.
Analysis:Rakell has missed Anaheim's last three games with an upper-body injury he suffered in last Wednesday's game against Florida, but could make his return to game action Wednesday against the Oilers. Head coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters Tuesday that Rakell participated in all of Tuesday's practice with the exception of one or two drills, which is an encouraging indication of his potential availability for Wednesday's contest against Edmonton. The 22-year-old forward's status should be confirmed prior to puck drop Wednesday night.
- November 9, 2015
Update:Rakell (upper body) will miss Monday's game against Arizona, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Despite taking the ice for Anaheim's morning skate, Rakell will miss his third consecutive game Monday against the Coyotes. While he has scored just two goals and four points in 12 contests this season, the Ducks were also struggling as a team during this period. Upon his return, expect Rakell's play to synchronize with the Ducks' recent positive trend (4-0-0 in last four games).
Update:Rakell (upper body) skated on his own Monday, Curtis Zupke of NHL.com reports.
Analysis:Rakell suffered an upper-body injury Wednesday and missed the following two contests as a result, but he appears to be nearing a return. He could draw back into the lineup Monday against the Coyotes, but if not his next chance will come Wednesday against the Oilers.
- November 6, 2015
Update:Rakell (upper body) will miss Friday's matchup with Columbus.
Analysis:Rakell left Wednesday's game with an upper-body injury, and will miss out on Friday's contest. Coinciding with Rakell's absence is the return of Ryan Getzlaf, which will presumably bump Rakell down to centering Anaheim's third line when he returns from his own injury.
- November 5, 2015
Update:Rakell (upper body) remains day-to-day, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Specific details concerning Rakell's ailment have not been disclosed. All that has been revealed so far is that the two-way forward sustained the injury in the second period Wednesday against the Panthers after just 4:30 TOI. Chris Wagner could see an uptick in minutes if Rakell ends up missing Friday's matchup against Columbus.
- October 14, 2015
Update:Rakell has been given limited playing time to start the season.
Analysis:Rakell, a second line center, has averaged a mere 14 minutes and 12 seconds on the ice through the first two games of the year. He has shown lackluster play by producing zero points on just three shots. With fellow centers Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler both averaging more ice time, Rakell will need to make the most of his limited opportunities moving forward this season.
- April 8, 2015
Update:Rakell will center the Ducks' top line Wednesday night, Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports.
Analysis:Rakell will be bumped up to the top group for the second game in a row with Ryan Getzlaf getting more rest. Rakell lit the lamp for the ninth time this season in his last appearance with the first unit Friday.
- April 4, 2015
Update:Rakell scored his ninth goal of the season in Friday's loss to Colorado.
Analysis:Rakell was bumped up to play center on the top line with Corey Perry and Jiri Sekac after Ryan Getzlaf (healthy) was unexpectedly given the night off. If Rakell is able to tally once more in the final two games on the team's schedule, he would be the 10th Duck to have double-digit goals.
- March 28, 2015
Update:Rakell tallied at 8:23 of the first period to put his team on the board in their win Saturday over the Islanders.
Analysis:Rakell now has four points in his last five games -- one of his strongest such stretches of the season. Rakell has performed nicely in his first full season in the NHL, recording 30 points thus far.
- March 5, 2015
Update:Rakell ended a 15-game goalless skid with a second-period tally in Wednesday's win over the Habs.
Analysis:He's currently playing on the Ducks' third line with Emerson Etem and new acquisition Jiri Sekac. The trio were the bottom three Ducks in terms of ice time Wednesday night, so don't expect their scoring to greatly improve while their opportunities remain so limited.
- February 28, 2015
Update:Rakell assisted on Emerson Etem's third-period goal in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Kings.
Analysis:Rakell has gathered assists in four of his last six games, but will finish February without any goals on his stat line. The Ducks' third-line center has five goals and 19 assists over 52 games this season, putting him just a hair below a half-point-per-game scoring pace.
- January 28, 2015
Update:Rakell scored a goal and picked up a power-play assist in Tuesday's win over the Canucks.
Analysis:With 15:19 of ice time, he skated more than he had in any of the last 10 games, and along with that came his highest shot total (four) since Dec. 22. The former first-round pick has noteworthy offensive upside, and he seems to be realizing it in fits and starts now. He's becoming fantasy-relevant in deeper formats.
- December 6, 2014
Update:Rakell was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Saturday.
Analysis:Rakell will provide the Ducks with forward depth while Corey Perry nurses a knee injury. He'll take the roster spot of Mat Clark, who was reassigned to Norfolk in a corresponding move.
- December 2, 2014
Update:Rakell was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Tuesday.
Analysis:Rakell had been a healthy scratch for the Ducks in three of their last four games, so the move back to the minors will allow him to pick up some ice time. He had three points in 17 games.
- October 11, 2014
Update:Rakell will be out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Wings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The Ducks never seemed to declare a victor in the job battle between Rakell and William Karlsson for the team's third-line center role, so Rakell will give way to Karlsson on Saturday as coach Bruce Boudreau aims to better assess the competition. Rakell was held without a point in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Penguins, finishing the game with a minus-1 rating and a lone shot on goal in his 12:36 of ice time.
- September 30, 2014
Update:Rakell is viewed as the favorite to claim the Ducks' No. 3 center job before training camp ends, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The 21-year-old Rakell is battling another young Swede (William Karlsson) for those duties, but seems to have the inside track, thanks to the 18 games he logged with the Ducks last season. With Saku Koivu announcing his retirement in the offseason, Rakell prepared for an appointment to the third line by adding 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. He's adapted well to the added responsibility thus far in training camp, but the strong play of Karlsson has kept the competition between the two centers closer than what was initially thought. If Rakell is able to stave off Karlsson and win the gig, the Ducks' quality depth on the wing could potentially aid him to a 30-point season.
- May 12, 2014
Update:Rakell will be a healthy scratch for Monday's Game 5 as Mathieu Perreault (lower body) rejoins the lineup, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Analysis:Rakell logged just 8:42 of ice time in Game 4, after being scratched for the first three games of the series. Another injury could free up a spot for the 21-year-old, but there's a chance we don't see him again this postseason.
- May 10, 2014
Update:With Mathieu Perrieault sidelined by a lower-body injury, Rakell will join the lineup for Saturday's Game 4 against the Kings, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Analysis:Rakell, a former first-round draft pick, tallied just four points in 18 NHL games this season. He did, however, pick up a goal and an assist in three appearances during the Ducks' first-round series against the Stars.
- May 3, 2014
Update:Rakell has been recalled from AHL Norfolk, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell is a healthy scratch for Saturday's Game 1, but he could perhaps slot into the lineup at some point during the Ducks' second-round series against the Kings. The 20-year-old former first-round draft pick (2011) tallied 37 points in 46 AHL games this season, but managed just four points (all assists) in 18 NHL appearances.
- May 1, 2014
Update:The Ducks have sent Rakell to AHL Norfolk, the team's official site reports.
Analysis:Rakell, who has two points in three playoff games to date, is a candidate for recall when the Ducks are looking for some added depth up front, but his demotion could indicate that Mathieu Perreault will be available for Saturday's Game 1 against the Kings.
- April 26, 2014
Update:Rakell scored a goal midway through the first period of a 6-2 defeat of the Stars in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday.
Analysis:Friday's goal was the first of Rakell's postseason career. However, the fact that he has already scored a goal having played in only two playoff games this year, significantly increases the chances that Rakell will see more ice time as the Ducks' Stanley Cup run moves on.
- March 20, 2014
Update:Rakell was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Thursday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell will likely be on hand to cover for Nick Bonino, who has a lower-body injury and won't play Thursday. Expect to see Rakell slot in as the fourth-line center.
- March 12, 2014
Update:Rakell was reassigned to AHL Norfolk on Wednesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:With Mathieu Perreault (forearm) returning from injured reserve for Wednesday's game vs. the Flames, Rakell will head back to the minors to create roster space. Rakell appeared in nine games during his time with the Ducks, logging one point and two penalty minutes.
- March 6, 2014
Update:Rakell was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Thursday.
Analysis:The 20-year-old made a minimal impact with the Ducks in seven games earlier this season, but he's been highly productive for Norfolk, notching 14 goals and 23 assists over 43 contests. He'll likely play Friday in the event Teemu Selanne (flu) is not ready to play.
- November 18, 2013
Update:The Ducks assigned Rakell to AHL Norfolk on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell has appeared in seven games with the Ducks, but he will head back to Norfolk with Saku Koivu (head) nearing a return. As a 2011 first-round pick, expect Rakell to be among the top options next time the Ducks need to summon a forward from the minors.
- November 9, 2013
Update:Rakell picked up an assist during the second period of a 6-2 win over the Sabres on Friday.
Analysis:Friday's assist is the first NHL point for the 20-year-old from Sweden. This could be a positive sign for Rakell's future.
- November 3, 2013
Update:Rakell was recalled from AHL Norfolk on Sunday.
Analysis:Rakell will be up for his second stint with the Ducks this week, though his stay figures to be a short one this time as well. The team likely just wants some security wing depth for Monday's game, with several players banged up.
- October 31, 2013
Update:The Ducks Reassigned Rakell to AHL Norfolk on Thursday.
Analysis:Rakell was recalled on October 28, but did not suit up for a game during his short stint with the Ducks. He returns to Norfolk tied for the team lead in points and goals with five and four respectively.
- October 28, 2013
Update:Rakell was recalled by the Ducks on Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell has played in nine games this season with AHL Norfolk and has four goals and one assist over that stretch. A 2011 first-round pick for the Ducks, he will come up to provide some depth at forward initially for the team.
- April 28, 2013
Update:The Ducks have recalled Rakell from OHL Plymouth.
Analysis:Rakell, who did not record a point in four games with the Ducks earlier this season, finished up his junior campaign with 44 points in 40 games. The 2011 first-rounder will give the Ducks some depth up front for their playoff run.
- February 13, 2013
Update:The Ducks will return Rakell to Plymouth of the OHL, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis:The 2011 first-rounder did not record a point in four games for the Ducks and has been a scratch of late, so while being up with the big club was no doubt a valuable experience, seeing regular duty in the OHL going forward can only help the young forward hone his game.
- February 10, 2013
Update:Rakell has been held out of the lineup the last six games, but they haven't yet decided whether they'll keep him with the big team or send him back to juniors, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rakell can play in one more game before he reaches the threshold that forces the Ducks' decision to keep him or send him down to juniors. "I understand that we need the development," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But sometimes practicing with NHL players could be just as good as playing with junior players. Having to check Corey Perry in practice is a little different."
- June 25, 2011
Update: The Ducks selected Rakell with the 30th overall pick in Friday's 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The pick was acquired in a trade with Toronto which had originally gotten it from Boston.
Analysis: Rakell exploded onto the scouts radar at the World Juniors where he showed off an aggressive, two-way game for Team Sweden. He's incredibly coachable, works hard and will play any role required. He just doesn't have huge offensive upside which means he'll be a bottom-six checker who'll get a few points, kill a few penalties and hit a few bodies. He's a Ducks guy; he's just not much of a fantasy guy.
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