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.
2013-14: Rakell appeared in 22 games with the Ducks, including four playoff contests, and was one of the top scorers for Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk in his second pro season. He had four assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in 18 regular season games and scored 1 goal with 1 assist in four playoff games for the Ducks. Rakell scored 14 goals with 23 assists and was +7 with 12 penalty minutes in 46 regular season games for Norfolk. The Admirals finished third in the East Division and reached the second round and in four playoff games Rakell scored 1 goal with 1 assist.
Rakell is a well-rounded player with a strong two-way game, hockey sense and offensive instincts. He has developed his physique nicely and added strength since his junior days. He has the ability to play both the wing and center.
Rakell made the Ducks out of training camp in 2014-15 and after being a healthy scratch at times early in the year has steadily assumed a larger role for Anaheim. After recording three assists in his first 11 games he began to produce points more consistently and appears to have established himself at the NHL level. Long-term he projects as an effective forward in all three zones with the potential to play in a top-six role.