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Kerby Rychel | Winger

Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Age / DOB:  (20) / 10/7/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205

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Kerby Rychel and defenseman Frederic St. Denis have been sent to the minors.
Rychel was the 19th overall pick in the 2013 draft and this will mark his first pro season. St. Denis dressed in 60 games with AHL Springfield last season and he posted 26 points. Oct 6 - 6:14 PM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets are very impressed with the attitude change in Kerby Rychel from last season.

The Jackets did not like anything in his game at last year's camp, from his practice habits to his attitude to his play in games but this season he has turned it around 180 degrees. "I remember," coach Todd Richards said. "It’s a big difference this year. To me it's a huge difference. His work ethic. His attitude. Big difference. Big change, all for the better. There’s a guy ... I watched him play in Nashville (on Monday) and he worked his butt off. There weren't too many times when he was gliding on the ice, and when you go back to last season and, in particular, that game we played in Carolina ... I couldn't put him out on the ice at the end of the game, just because of his work habits. He's been much, much better this year, much improved. That’s what he’s still here." He was selected 19th overall last season but he still may not be ready to start the season with the big club.
Oct 4 - 6:36 AM

Kerby Rychel excelled in the Jackets' Traverse City prospects tournament opener, notching a goal and three assists during the team's 6-4 win over Minnesota Wild prospects on Friday.

"I thought I did some good things, but there's obviously room for improvement," Rychel said. "When you're off for three or four months, you feel the rust, for sure - but it was a good start for the boys." The teenage sharpshooter was the 19th overall pick in the 2003 draft, and is hungry to fight for a roster spot on the NHL squad.
Sep 12 - 9:19 PM

After an outstanding season and playoffs in the OHL, Kerby Rychel looks like he could be ready to make the leap from juniors to the NHL next season.

The 19 year-old winger is still too young for the AHL, so if he doesn't make the Jackets he'll go back to the OHL. But at 6’1 and 202 pounds he is big and skilled enough to wage a competitive battle for a roster spot with Columbus out of training camp. Rychel had 132 points through the regular season and playoffs last season.
Aug 16 - 2:17 PM

Kerby Rychel currently leads the Memorial Cup tournament in scoring with four points in two games.

He's tied, with teammate and Detroit prospect Tyler Bertuzzi, for the lead in goals with three. Rychel amassed 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in the postseason to help the Guelph Storm capture the OHL title. He was drafted 19th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2013.
May 20 - 4:57 PM

Kerby Rychel lit the lamp twice for the Guelph Storm, who defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 on Saturday at the Memorial Cup.

Rychel, the 19th overall pick from the 2013 draft by the Blue Jackets, was a minus-one in the game. He had 51 points in 31 regular-season games and has continued his stellar play in the playoffs, with 11 goals and 21 assists in 20 contests. Hurricanes prospect Brock McGinn also scored in the game for Guelph.
May 17 - 9:06 PM

Kerby Rychel has guided the Guelph Storm to the Memorial Cup.

Rychel has 11 goals and 32 points in 20 OHL playoff games this year. The Columbus Blue Jackets took Rychel with the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. They got that pick from the New York Rangers as part of the Rick Nash trade.
May 14 - 9:06 AM

Kerby Rychel, the Blue Jackets first round pick in 2013, leads all OHL players in playoff scoring.

The Guelph Storm star has eight goals and 23 points after the first three rounds of the playoffs. The hard-nosed winger has lots of skill and grit and should be an NHL player after a season or two in the minors.
Apr 27 - 7:21 AM

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

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

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