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Kerby Rychel | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (19) / 10/7/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205

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Kerby Rychel has agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets took him with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. "Kerby is a hard-nosed player who is very competitive and possesses a mixture of skill, the ability to score goals and grit," said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "We believe he will be an important part of our organization for years to come as he continues to grow and develop as a player." He has 17 goals and 45 points in 30 OHL games this seaosn. Tue, Dec 31, 2013 02:12:00 PM

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Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen downplayed the team's decision to return Kerby Rychel to the OHL.

Rychel was taken with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. "It's very rare that someone who is (18, 19 on Oct. 7) makes the team in the NHL," Kekalainen said. "There are a lot of very good NHL players, All-Stars, who spent two years in juniors after being drafted. It shouldn't be a disappointment for anybody except maybe the player because he was trying to make the team. But I'm sure he learned a lot in games and here in camp." Rychel should be worth keeping an eye on during next year's training camp.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 08:24:00 AM

Kerby Rychel has been returned to the OHL's Windsor Spitfires by Columbus.

The Blue Jackets selected Rychel with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Their roster currently stands at 33 players (18 forwards, 11 defensemen, four goaltenders).
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 06:36:00 PM

Kerby Rychel will be one of 24 players suiting up to represent the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL Prospects Tournament, held between September 5-9 in Traverse City, Michigan.

Rychel was the 19th overall pick of the Jackets in the most recent NHL Entry Draft after posting consecutive dominant seasons as a member of the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. He's not regarded as NHL-ready just yet, but he should be one of the better players participating in this particular prospects tourney.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 08:25:00 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have selected Kerby Rychel with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blue Jackets got this pick from the New York Rangers as part of the Rick Nash trade. Rychel registered back-to-back 40 goal campaigns for the Windsor Spitfires, but his production increased this season as he added more points and penalty minutes to his totals. While he has a scoring touch, he’s also a very gritty player who is willing to drop his gloves to shift the momentum in a game and stand up for his teammates. Scouts do worry about his consistency, however, as he tends to get lazy when the puck is out of his vicinity. Moreover, he’s not a great skater and will need to improve in this area before he makes an NHL club. However, when engaged, Rychel is a load to stop and looks to be one of the top players out of this draft.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 05:04:00 PM

Kerby Rychel had an assist, but Windsor came up short in the high-scoring 8-5 loss to Sarnia on Friday night.

Rychel was ranked 23rd in the International Scouting Services' 2013 draft prospects rankings. The 18-year-old has 39 points in 39 games, though after Friday night's negative-three showing, he has an abysmal negative-14 plus/minus rating on the year.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 09:20:00 PM

Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist in the Windsor Spitfires' 8-3 loss to the Saginaw Spirit.

Rychel has 22 goals and 37 points in 37 OHL games this season. Among prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he ranked 23rd in the ISS Hockey December rankings.
Sat, Dec 29, 2012 09:52:00 PM

Kerby Rychel scored the game-winning goal and added an assist for Windsor in a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday night.

The Spitfires rallied from a 2-0 deficit with three unanswered markers to earn the win. Rychel has recorded 18 goals and 31 points in 30 contests this year and is building a solid case for himself to go in the first round of the 2013 draft.
Thu, Dec 6, 2012 09:37:00 PM

Kerby Rychel scored and assisted, but it wasn't enough as Windsor lost 4-3 to Kingston on Sunday.

The International Scouting Services slotted the 18-year-old 20th in their prospects list for the upcoming draft. After notching 74 points last season, Rychel has continued to fill up the score sheet with 26 in 26 contests this year.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 10:06:00 PM

Kerby Rychel registered five points as Windsor cruised to a 6-1 win versus Saginaw Thursday.

He had two goals and three assists to give him 22 points in 21 matches this OHL campaign. In the November International Scouting Services rankings, Rychel was given the No. 20 spot for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 09:29:00 PM

Kerby Rychel had a goal, but Windsor fell to Plymouth 5-3 on Friday night.

The 18-year-old winger is considered one of the better prospects for the upcoming draft. He has 12 goals and five assists in 20 games.
Fri, Nov 9, 2012 10:53:00 PM

Kerby Rychel registered two points, including his 10th goal into an empty net, in Windsor's 6-3 victory over London on Thursday night.

The 2013 draft eligible forward has 15 points in 17 games this campaign. Boston Bruins fifth-round choice Seth Griffith finished the match with a goal and a helper on the losing end for the Knights.
Thu, Nov 1, 2012 11:01:00 PM

Kerby Rychel registered a goal Friday night for Windsor in its 6-4 win over Guelph.

The International Scouting Services recently slotted Rychel 21st in their 2013 draft prospects list. Rychel obviously is a gifted scorer: He had 41 last season and already has nine this year.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 10:47:00 PM

Kerby Rychel sniped two goals in Windsor's 3-2 win over Erie on Saturday night.

Recently ranked 21st overall in the International Scouting Services' 2013 draft prospect rankings, Rychel is enjoying a strong start to the season with eight goals and three points. The 18-year-old had 41 goals and 33 assists last year in the OHL.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 09:24:00 PM

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