NHL – Anaheim Ducks
Rickard Lars Gunnar Roland Rakell 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.
Rakell was drafted 41st overall by the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL 2010 Import Draft. Rakell was drafted 30th overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a three year entry level contract with the Ducks on 3 July 2012.
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 a Andrew Cogliano goal in a game against the Buffalo Sabres. Rakell scored his first NHL goal in a Stanley Cup playoff game against goaltender Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars on 25 April 2014.
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. Despite recovering in time for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rakell claimed he “never felt like himself” and in September 2016, he underwent further surgery to remove scar tissue from his stomach as a result of his appendectomy.
On 14 October 2016, Rakell signed a six year contract with the Ducks. 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. He recorded his first career NHL hat-trick on 25 February 2018 in a 6–5 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
Rakell has represented Sweden three times at the IIHF World U20 Championship, in 2011, 2012 and 2013, placing second, first and fourth, respectively.