Published On: Fri, Aug 19th, 2016

Sweden tabs Rakell to replace Steen at World Cup

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Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports

Rickard Rakell of the Anaheim Ducks has been selected to replace injured St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen on Sweden’s World Cup roster.

The unsigned restricted free agent recorded 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 games for the Ducks in 2015-16, a sign of things to come, according to the Swedish coach:

Steen, who underwent shoulder surgery in June, isn’t expected to return to the ice until the start of the NHL regular season.

Rakell, 23, won gold and silver medals with the Swedish junior team in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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