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Ducks send Rakell back to junior

Feb 13, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

Rickard Rakell and Mikael Backlund Getty Images

It’s not clear why it took so long, but according to the OC Register, the Anaheim Ducks have finally made a decision on forward Rickard Rakell — he’s headed back to junior (OHL Plymouth).

Rakell appeared in four games for the Ducks (he last played on Jan. 29), registering no points and averaging 8:57 in ice time.

By making the move, Anaheim won’t burn the first year of Rakell’s three-year entry-level contract.

The 19-year-old Swede was selected 30th overall in the 2011 draft.

  1. slumdog66 - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    The top two western conference teams played to a shootout last night and no story. There are teams out here to ya know. Ridiculous. Glad they brought up. Back up for Toronto’s goaltending. Phew!

  2. nsducksfan - Feb 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    ^ agreed, the ducks are having a stellar season so far after a very disappointing campaign. Or the fact Bobby Ryan is a center and excelling at the difficult position change? And have a rookie goaltender that is 6-0-0 and this is all you can come up with after he posts his sixth career win in as many games against the best team in the league?..stale.

  3. uscthom78 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Not surprising though. They have a clear bias against the ducks. They even admit it.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I really hate doing this, but I feel like I have to:

      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/13/boudreau-admits-he-didnt-even-know-what-we-had-in-viktor-fasth/
      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/13/ducks-send-rakell-back-to-junior/
      http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/ducks-fowler-likely-to-miss-next-three-games/

      As for last night’s game — we don’t generally do a ton of game recaps on the site, but yes, that was an important affair between two of the best teams in the West and probably deserved a little more attention.

      • sdsabresfan - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Not producing many game recaps is understandable. The Ducks, however, have been one of the more surprising teams so far this season and there are many interesting components, i.e. Winnik’s contribution, the growth of the younger forwards, etc. At times it seems most “national” coverage focuses on the negative, for example, where will Getzlaf and Perry be playing. Nice to see Fasth getting some love!

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      I don’t think so either. I’ve seen several pieces on Selanne on here in the last few days alone.

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