Victor Rask
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Victor Rask

Hometown:

Leksand Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-01

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

2nd round (42nd overall), 2011

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2008-09: Victor Rask played for the Leksand club this season. In 26 games for the J-18 squad, he scored 9 goals and added 6 assists for 15 points. Rask also played for the U-16 squad, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists for 10 points. In international play for Sweden’s U-16 team, Rask scored 2 goals and added 3 assists for 5 points in 11 games.

2009-10: Playing for Leksand’s J-20 Super Elite squad, Rask scored 22 goals and added 19 assists for 41 points in 39 games. In 5 playoff games, he scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points. Playing for Leksand’s J-18 squad, Rask scored 6 goals and added 3 assists for 9 points in 10 games. In 4 playoff games, he scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points. Rask played for Sweden at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 1 goal and adding 7 assists for 8 points in 6 games. He also played for Sweden at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists for 5 points in 6 games for the silver medalists.

2010-11: Playing for Leksand in the top minor league in Sweden, the Allsvenskan league, Rask scored 5 goals and added 6 assists for 11 points in 37 games. Rask also played 13 games in the J-20 SuperElite league, scoring 3 goals and adding 9 assists for 12 points. He also competed for the J-18 squad, scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists for 8 points in 4 games. In 6 playoff games, he scored 3 goals and added 2 assists for 5 points. Rask played for Sweden at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists for 5 points in 6 games for the silver medalists. He was named one of the top 3 players for Sweden in the tournament.

2011-12: Rask was impressive in his first season in North America; scoring at a nearly point-per-game pace for the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and winning a gold medal with Sweden in the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. He scored 33 goals with 30 assists and was plus-seven with 21 penalty minutes in 64 games before suffering a late season leg injury that kept him out of the WHL playoffs. Fourteen of his 33 goals were scored on the Calgary power play. In six games at the WJC he had 1 assist and was minus-one with 6 penalty minutes. Sweden defeated Russia in the gold medal game.

2012-13: Rask opened the year with Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte and played 10 games with the Checkers before being returned to the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen for the rest of the year. The 19-year-old also skated for Sweden in the 2013 World Junior Championship. Rask scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was plus-7 with Charlotte. In 37 regular season games for Calgary he scored 14 goals with 27 assists and was plus-14 with 16 penalty minutes. Calgary finished second in the Central Division and lost to first place Edmonton in the Eastern Conference finals. Rask was the Hitmen’s leading scorer in the playoffs; scoring 6 goals with 10 assists in 17 games and was plus-6 with 10 penalty minutes. He scored 2 goals with 2 assists in six games for Sweden at the WJC. Sweden won a silver medal; falling to the USA 3-2 in the championship game.

2013-14: Rask skated for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his first full pro season and was the lone player to appear in all 76 games for the Checkers. He scored 16 goals with 23 assists and was minus-3 with 20 penalty minutes. Charlotte missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the West Division.

Talent Analysis

Rask has the size and skill to be a top-nine center and he began to show that potential in final 12 games of the 2013-14 season with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers; scoring six goals and five assists. As with many young players consistency is an issue and he will need to continue developing his strength and all around game to compete on a nightly basis at the NHL Level.

Future

Rask attended his third training camp with the Hurricanes — earning a spot in the opening night roster — and is skating for Carolina as a 21-year-old rookie in 2014-15. Skating in a full-time, lower line role on a team that was hit hard by injuries early in the year, his offensive production was limited in his first 20 games but should increase as he becomes more familiar with the NHL game. While not as offensively polished as fellow Sweden native Elias Lindholm, Rask is considered another key piece to the puzzle as the Hurricanes look to turn things around under first-year coach Bill Peters. Long-term he projects as a two-way second or third line forward capable of contributing the occasional goal.

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