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Ducks Recall Rakell from Norfolk (AHL)

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have recalled center Rickard Rakell from the Norfolk Admirals, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Rakell, 20 (5/5/93), has collected 1-1=2 points in three games during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Rakell scored his first career NHL goal in Game 5 of the First Round on Apr. 25 vs. Dallas, becoming the first Duck to record his first career goal in the playoffs. He also appeared in 18 regular-season contests with Anaheim in 2013-14, scoring 0-4=4 points with two penalty minutes (PIM).

The 6-1, 192-pound center made his Calder Cup Playoffs debut last night vs. Manchester, earning an assist in a series-clinching 3-2 victory at Norfolk Scope Arena. He appeared in 46 regular-season games for Norfolk, collecting 14-23=37 points with a +7 rating and 12 PIM. Rakell finished fourth on the Admirals in points, tied for second in assists and led in plus/minus. He also ranked second in power-play goals (8) and tied for fourth in goals.

Selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Rakell made his NHL debut on Jan. 19, 2013 at Vancouver. He was the sixth youngest player to appear in a game for the Ducks at 19 years, eight months and 14 days. Rakell played four games with Anaheim in 2012-13, going scoreless. Rakell spent the rest of 2012-13 with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), collecting 21-23=44 points with a +19 rating and 12 PIM in 40 games.

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