remains in a Swedish hospital for a stomach virus, and the likelihood the talented center returns to the World Cup of Hockey appears slim. Rakell skated in Team Sweden’s 3-2 overtime loss to Team Finland last week, in exhibition competition, but was a late scratch for the rematch held Saturday night in Gothenburg.
Rakell did not accompany the team as it traveled to Washington, DC for a final exhibition tune-up vs. Team Europe before the tournament begins Saturday in Toronto. St. Louis center Patrik Berglund has since replaced Rakell on Team Sweden’s 23-man roster.
Currently a restricted free agent, Rakell had a breakthrough 20-goal, 43-point campaign last season, which included career highs in goals, assists (23), points and games played (72).
Rakell missed the final seven games of the regular season due to appendicitis, but appeared in all seven games during Anaheim’s First Round series against the Nashville Predators, earning a goal and an assist.