Anaheim Ducks reassign C Rickard Rakell, D Jesse Blacker to AHL affiliate in Norfolk

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The Anaheim Ducks have reassigned center Rickard Rakell and defenseman Jesse Blacker to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

The Ducks announced the moves Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Rakell has struggled offensively after making the Ducks' opening-night roster out of training camp. The former first-round pick has no goals and three assists in 17 games for the Pacific Division leaders.

Blacker made his NHL debut last Friday against Chicago for the Ducks, who have five defensemen out with injuries.

Anaheim has trimmed its roster of unproductive young players in recent days, no longer willing to wait for them to earn regular NHL roles.

On Monday, the Ducks sent forwards Emerson Etem and William Karlsson back to Norfolk. Etem has four points in 21 games, while Karlsson has three points in 16 games.