Rhett Rakhshani
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Rhett Rakhshani

Hometown:

Orange California

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1988-02-21

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2006

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

4th round (100th overall), 2006

Weight:

174 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2003-04: Rhett Rakhshani played 56 games for the California Wave (Midget AAA) and was a major contributor tallying 121 points (54 goals, 67 assists) in the final year of his seven year tenure with the Wave.

2004-05: Rakhshani continued to be a force on the score sheet and in the locker room playing for the USNTDP U-17 Team. In 63 games he tallied 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) and was named as one of the team’s assistant captain. He also contributed four points (one goal, three assists) as the team won the Four Nations Cup.

2005-06: Rakhshani continued his strong play with the U-18 team. In 59 games, he had the fourth highest point total on the team with 49 (24 goals, 25 assists). He played in all 22 games against NCAA competition. He recorded 11 (four goals, seven assists) of his 49 points in these games. He helped Team USA win the IIHF World Championship for the 2nd straight season, scoring a key game-tying goal in the championship game.

2006-07: Played his freshman season with the University of Denver, where he totaled 10 goals, 26 assists for 36 points and 38 penalty minutes in 40 games.

2007-08: In his second season with the University of Denver (WCHA), Rakhshani recorded 28 points (14+14) in 37 games. In just two pro games with the Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) that season, he was held scoreless and finished with a -1 rating.

2008-09: In 38 games with Denver, Rhett would score 15 goals and 37 points, being named to the NCAA (WCHA) All Academic Team and NCAA (WCHA) Third All-Star Team.

2009-10: In 41 games with Denver, Rhett would continue his dominate play, scoring 21 goals and 50 points in 41 games, once again being named to the NCAA (WCHA) All Academic Team and NCAA (WCHA) First All Star Team.

2010-11: Rakhshani made his NHL debut in a pair of one-game call-ups in mid-season while leading the Islanders' AHL affiliate Bridgeport in scoring as a rookie. In two games with the Islanders he was scoreless and -1 averaging just under 12 minutes of ice-time. In 66 games for the Sound Tigers Rakshani scored 24 goals with 38 assists and had 32 PMs. Rakhshani's -11 plus/minus could partially be attributed to Bridgeport's team struggles – the Sound Tigers were last in the Atlantic Division.

2011-12: Rakhshani appeared in five games for the Islanders after being recalled from AHL Bridgeport at the end of January. He had no points and was an even plus/minus, averaging 12 minutes of ice time, with the Islanders. Rakshani was Bridgeport's leading scorer, despite missing time at the beginning of the season due to concussion issues. He scored 20 goals with 29 assists and was plus-25 with 42 penalty minutes in 49 games. Bridgeport finished first in the Northeast Division but was swept by second-place Connecticut in a best-of-five first round series. Rakhshani had 1 goal and was minus-two in three playoff games. He was tendered a contract offer by the Islanders in June, 2012 and signed a contract to play with HV71 in Sweden for 2012-13.

 

Talent Analysis

Rakhshani is not big, but he is a very good skater, quick with very good hands. His main quality is probably his capacity to read the play very well and send the puck right on the tape of his teammates in motion.

 

Future

Rakhshani has moved to Europe to play in Sweden for the 2012-13 season.

 

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