Although Rickard Rakell impressed the Ducks enough in their mini training camp to stay for a few regular season games, the party is over. Rakell, 19, was not eligible to be sent to the AHL, so he was sent back to his junior team.
"Once you get a taste of it here, you always want to stay," said Rakell. "I think this could a be a good way for me. We can have a good run with Plymouth and we‘ll see what happens after that. I’m just going to focus on keep working out, keep trying to get better. I feel like I’m close. Just little details that I have to work on. I hope I’ll be back soon."
Rakell played in four games and had a -2 rating with no points. It is a good sign that he made the team at this age and he will only improve.
In other news, the Ducks are happy that goaltender, Jonas Hiller, is rapidly improving from his lower body injury. He injured himself on Friday against Dallas, lasting only one period in the game before Viktor Fasth took over in relief.
Hiller has been skating and practicing with the team and could be ready to go on Friday against Detroit or Nashville on Saturday.
“I’ll have to see how it feels later today if it starts tightening up again,” said Hiller after the morning practice. “I felt pretty good. I definitely hope I’ll be able to play on the weekend. At the same time, I don’t want to rush it just to be back. I’m happy so far. It feels better. It’s nice to be back on the ice.”
Finally, the Ducks have recalled Patrick Maroon and Peter Holland from Norfolk. They join Nate Guenin, who was called up earlier in the week.