Rahimi spent the 2005-06 campaign playing for Bjorkloven in the Swedish hockey system.
3rd round (82nd overall), 2006 by VAN
2006-07: The big Swede returned to Bjorkloven for another season, appearing in 33 games, racking up two points and 104 penalty minutes. Following the elimination of the team from the playoffs, Rahimi traversed the Atlantic to appear in one regular season and four playoff games with the Manitoba Moose. It was a rocky start, but the fact that he came over is reassuring for his future.
2007-08: Rahimi came to North America and began his journey to the NHL with a very average performance at the Canucks’ rookie camp where top talent like Alexander Edler and the tragically deceased Luc Bourdon significantly outperformed him. Rahimi did not take to the more physical North American game as well as anticipated and while he did play the bulk of his games (41 in the AHL), he did played 19 times with the Victoria Salmon Kings.
Traded to Vancouver, August 2009
He has great size at 6’3, 200 lbs and plays a mean, on-the-edge defensively-focused game. At this point he lacks the offensive talents to be a contributor offensively, but the organization does not see that as a huge concern. He has decent skating and has been touted by Swedish scout Thomas Gradin as being extremely mature.
His offensive skills are extremely limited and his skating needs significant improvement before he can hope to make the transition to the NHL. His turning is poor and his top end speed is not NHL level.
He definitely has some work cut out for him, but his raw physical attributes give hope for his future. He uncertainly has the work ethic, maturity and style of play to be an effective third pairing defenseman in the NHL if he can only overcome his shortcomings, however significant they are at this time.