2008-09: Rickard Rakell split time between the J-18 and J-16 squads while playing for AIK. In 16 games for the J-18 squad, Rakell scored 2 goals and added 3 assists for 5 points. In 8 games for the J-16 squad, Rakell scored 9 goals and added 5 assists for 14 points.
2009-10: Rakell spent most of the season with AIK's J-18 squad. In 30 games for that team, he scored 25 goals and added 16 assists for 41 points. In 3 playoff games, Rakell scored 2 goals and added 2 assists for 4 points. Rakell also played for AIK's J-20 squad, scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist for 4 points in 8 games. Rakell scored 1 goal in 2 playoff games for that team. Rakell played for Sweden at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points in 6 games. Rakell was chosen in the first round, 41st overall, of the 2010 CHL Import Draft by the OHL's Plymouth Whalers.
2010-11: In his OHL rookie season, Rakell played in 49 games for the Whalers. He scored 19 goals and added 24 assists for 43 points. Rakell played in just 1 playoff game and registered no points. Rakell played for Sweden at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship, picking up 3 assists in 5 games. Rakell played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game.
2011-12: Rakell returned to the OHL for a second season with the Plymouth Whalers after attending Ducks' camp. He was the Whalers' fourth-leading scorer, scoring 28 goals with 34 assists and was plus-12 with 62 penalty minutes. Plymouth finished first in the West Division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Rakell scored 2 goals with a team-high 10 assists and was an even plus-minus in 13 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Anaheim in July 2012.
2012-13: Rakell made his NHL debut with Anaheim; skating in four games after the NHL lockout before being returned to Plymouth to finish his OHL season. He skated for Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Rakell was -2 with no points or penalty minutes; averaging nine minutes of ice time in his time with the Ducks. He scored 21 goals with 23 assists in 40 regular season games for Plymouth and was +19 with 12 penalty minutes. The Whalers finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals against OHL champion London. Rakell scored 6 goals with 9 assists and was +8 with 10 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. He had 6 assists and was +1 with 16 penalty minutes for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden reached the gold medal game; falling 3-2 to the USA.
Rakell has become a very well-rounded player. His strong two-way game, hockey sense and offensive instincts saw him push over a point-per-game in his final OHL season for the second straight year. He was one of Sweden’s more effective forwards in their gold-medal run at the World Juniors in 2012, and was equally as effective in the silver-medal 2013 campaign. Rakell has developed his physique nicely in a short period of time, although he still has plenty of room to add strength.
Rakell starts the real battle this year as his AHL or NHL career begins. It has been all junior level to this point, and while Rakell has looked promising, he has not yet played against grown man and professional players. He has all the skills to be an effective top-six AHL player or bottom-line NHL player right now. Consistency and strength will be the deciding factors on where he falls at this point in his career.