"Getting dirty is what it takes to score a goal here. You can't get too fancy. You have to play a smart game and I really like that." -- Rickard Rakell
Let's put it this way. If Rakell were a baseball player, his uniform would be caked in dirt and covered in grass stains because he'd probably be the one diving for fly balls in the outfield or dropping to one knee to control a grounder. As a hockey player, his jersey usually is the one with all the colorful scuff marks.
You kind of get the feeling Rakell could turn out to be a player similar to Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins -- a player who performs bigger than his frame, is willing to battle, offers decent speed and is a pain in the neck to play against. Depending on where he's chosen, he also might be the steal of the 2011 Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., on June 24-25.