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Player Review: Rickard Rakell
By Richard Gonzalez
Rickard Rakell played in 69 games last season and scored 43 points (18 goals and 25 assists), which include two game-winning goals and seven power-play assists. During the 2017-18 season, he scored 69 points (34 goals and 35 assists) in 77 games. He also had eight power-play goals and ten power-play assists. His shooting percentage declined from 14.8% to 9.3% over the past two seasons.
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Rakell’s expectations were high since he had a career year in 2017-18. It was expected of him to reach the 30 goal mark again. Granted, he did play eight fewer games from the season before and he did get hot in the final stretch of the season. He scored 11 points (seven goals and four assists). His most memorable game came on March 30, 2019, when he scored a hat trick in a 5-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.
I would like to see Rakell continue from his hot streak from the final ten games of last season. He needs to work on putting the puck in the net, especially on the power play. He has the potential to reach new career highs. It should be expected for Rakell to score 32-37 goals and 45-50 assists. So around 75-80 points is something Rakell can achieve and should be expected this season.
As stated with previous reviews, last season was a difficult one but he had a certain expectation and did not reach it. He is looked at as a top-scoring forward for the Ducks and did not really meet those expectations. He had a decent scoring production but not for his potential.
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October 1st, 2019