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Victor Emanuel Martin Rask (born 1 March 1993)[1] is a Swedish professional ice hockey center currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Victor Rask
Victor Rask Hurricanes 2014.jpg
Rask with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2014
Born (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 26)
Leksand, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Carolina Hurricanes
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 42nd overall, 2011
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

Rask began his playing career with Leksands IF of the then Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

Carolina HurricanesEdit

Rask was selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. On 29 June 2011, he was selected third overall by the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL in the 2011 CHL Import Draft.[2] While playing in his first year of major junior hockey with the Hitmen, Rask was signed to a three-year entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on 20 October 2011. At the time of his signing, Rask led the Hitmen in points with 10.[3] At the conclusion of his rookie season with the Hitmen, Rask was named the team's Rookie of the Year.[4]

Rask began the 2012–13 season with the Hurricanes American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers but was reassigned to the WHL after playing in 10 games.[5] During that season, Rask was selected to play for Team Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[6] Although Team Sweden qualified for the gold medal round, they lost to the United States 3–1.[7]

The following season, Rask spent the entire 2013–14 season with the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League. Although Rask began the season with 10 points in 10 games,[8] he experienced a 24-game goal drought that was snapped in a 5–2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons on 10 January.[9] Rask ended the season with 39 points in 76 games.

Rask cracked the Hurricanes roster for the 2014–15 season,[10] and made his NHL debut on 10 October against the New York Islanders.[11] He scored his first career NHL goal on 3 November against the Los Angeles Kings.[12]

After recording a career-high 48 points in the 2015–16 NHL season, Rask signed a six-year, $24 million contract with an AAV of $4 million per season with the Hurricanes on 12 July 2016.[13] Rask was named an alternate captain for the Hurricanes during the 2016–17 season. He shared the alternate captain title with Jordan Staal, Justin Faulk, and Jeff Skinner.[14] Rask was later protected by the Hurricanes in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.[15]

During the offseason prior to the 2018–19 season, Rask underwent surgery to repair two fingers he injured while preparing food.[16] He made his season debut for the Hurricanes on 21 November 2018 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.[17]

Minnesota WildEdit

On January 17, 2019, Rask was traded by the Hurricanes to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for winger Nino Niederreiter.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Leksands IF J20 39 22 19 41 35 5 3 2 5 2
2009–10 Leksands IF Allsv 8 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Leksands IF J20 13 3 9 12 2
2010–11 Leksands IF Allsv 37 5 6 11 8
2011–12 Calgary Hitmen WHL 64 33 30 63 21
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 10 1 4 5 0
2012–13 Calgary Hitmen WHL 37 14 27 41 16 17 6 10 16 10
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 76 16 23 39 20
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 11 22 33 16
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 21 27 48 24
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 16 29 45 16
2017–18 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 14 17 31 12
2018–19 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 26 1 5 6 4
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 23 2 1 3 4
NHL totals 362 65 101 166 76
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2017 Germany/France
World Junior Championships
  2012 Canada
  2013 Russia
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2010 Belarus
  2011 Germany

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Sweden WHC17   6 1 7 8 2
2010 Sweden WJC18   6 3 2 5 0
2011 Sweden WJC18   6 2 3 5 4
2012 Sweden WJC   6 0 1 1 6
2013 Sweden WJC   6 2 2 4 4
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 3 1 4 4
2017 Sweden WC   10 2 5 7 0
Junior totals 30 8 15 23 16
Senior totals 18 5 6 11 4

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
Allsvenskan
Most Points by U18 Junior (11) 2011

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Victor Emanuel Martin Rask – Ratsit". Ratsit.se.
  2. ^ "CALGARY HITMEN SELECT SWEDISH CENTRE VICTOR RASK THIRD OVERALL IN CHL IMPORT DRAFT". hitmenhockey.com. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Hurricanes agree to terms with Victor Rask". Carolina Hurricanes. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "AWARD WINNERS". hitmenhockey.com. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  5. ^ "CALGARY HITMEN: Victor Rask Returns to Hitmen". WHL.ca. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ Ciampa, Marc (25 December 2012). "Official Rosters for the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ "OHL Players lead USA to 2013 WJC Gold". ontariohockeyleague.com. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  8. ^ Branecky, Paul (20 June 2014). "VICTOR RASK SHOWS FLASHES IN ROOKIE SEASON". gocheckers.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  9. ^ Branecky, Paul (10 January 2014). "CHECKERS RIDE FAST START TO BEAT BARONS". gocheckers.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  10. ^ "NHL announces 2014-15 opening-day rosters". NHL.com. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  11. ^ Smith, Michael (10 October 2014). "Gameday: Canes vs. Islanders". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  12. ^ Smith, Michael (3 November 2014). "Canes Establishing Identity". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Canes, Rask Agree to Terms on Six-Year Contract". Carolina Hurricanes. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ Alexander, Chip (10 October 2017). "Here's the Canes player who lost his role when the team named co-captains". The News & Observer. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  15. ^ Smith, Michael (18 June 2017). "Hurricanes Protection List for Expansion Draft Revealed". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  16. ^ Johnston, Mike (21 November 2018). "Hurricanes activate forward Victor Rask off injured reserve". sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  17. ^ Dusterberg, Kurt (21 November 2018). "Maple Leafs at Hurricanes preview". NHL.com. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Hurricanes acquire Niederreiter from Wild". The Sports Network. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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