Anaheim Ducks Send Rickard Rakell Back to Plymouth

Feb 13, 2013 - 12:32 GMT

Photo - Rickard Rakell scored the game-winning goal for Plymouth on Nov. 6 in a 4-1 win over Saginaw at Compuware Arena.  Credit- Rena Laverty.

PLYMOUTH - Mulitple news sources are reporting that the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks are returning Rickard Rakell back to the Whalers.

Rakell made Anaheim out of the Ducks' training camp and played in four games.

Here's the story from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register:

CHICAGO -- The Ducks will return forward Rickard Rakell to his junior team, the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Rakell, 19, made the team out of its brief training camp and appeared in his first four NHL games, going scoreless with a minus-2 rating. The Ducks are very high on their 2011 first-round pick but did not put him in their lineup over the last seven games. 

In doing this now, the Ducks won't burn the first year of the three-year entry level contract that Rakell signed in July. Rakell began his third year with the Whalers while the NHL was locked out and had 13 goals and 17 assists in 32 games.

The club has yet to announce if they will make a move to fill Rakell's spot on the roster.

In addition, Bob McKenzie of TSN.ca reported Rakell's return on his Twitter account.

Meanwhile, the first-place Whalers (28-16-5-4) start a busy stretch of four games over six days tonight in Saginaw against the Spirit.

The game can be heard on 88.1FM WSDP and on www.plymouthwhalers.com starting at 7 pm.