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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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Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch wouldn't be shocked if Kerby Rychel is traded.
That's a follow up to Elliotte Friedman's report that the Blue Jackets are shopping Rychel as they looks to upgrade their defense. Rychel is a former first round pick with plenty of promise, so his presence on the trade market will likely attract a good amount of attention. Montreal in particular has been brought up as a possible destination. May 20 - 10:51 AM

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The Blue Jackets are searching for help on defense, and HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman is "hearing Kerby Rychel’s name out there."

Rychel, 20, was a first-round pick of the Blue Jackets from the 2013 draft. The forward played five games in the NHL this season, tallying three assists. In the AHL, he had 12 goals and 33 points. By the end of the season, Columbus was running out a defense of Jack Johnson, Fedor Tyutin, Kevin Connauton, Cody Goloubef, Dalton Prout and David Savard.
May 16 - 10:52 PM

Kerby Rychel has been sent to the minors.

The Blue Jackets needed to free up a roster spot for Fedor Tyutin's return from a knee injury. Rychel has three assists in five games this season.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Kerby Rychel has been called up by Columbus.

The Blue Jackets needed another forward now that they're missing Scott Hartnell (finger). Rychel has 13 points and 30 penalty minutes in 23 AHL games this season. Keep an eye on Rychel as he might get a chance to play on one of Columbus' scoring lines.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Columbus has demoted Kerby Rychel to AHL Springfield.

However, he made a positive impression during his first taste of NHL action. He picked up three assists, a plus-3 rating and four shots in four games with the Blue Jackets.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 03:58:00 PM

Kerby Rychel notched two assists in his third NHL game on Thursday night, making it three points for the 20-year-old since his call-up on Nov. 29.

Rychel is a gifted playmaker who naturally produces and creates offense. Early signs show his success in junior might transfer to the NHL quite quickly. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues just in case his beginner's luck continues to translate into fantasy-worthy numbers.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Kerby Rychel registered his first NHL point in Monday's 2-1 win over Florida.

Rychel picked up an assist on Boone Jenner's game-winning goal in the third period. The 20-year-old was Columbus' first round pick in 2013. He has good upside, but he still a couple of years away from making a significant offensive contribution.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Kerby Rychel made his NHL debut on Saturday and started on the second line with Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson.

The rookie played 10:36 minutes in his debut and had a couple of hits. "I’m just going to play my game and do what has gotten me here," Rychel said before the game. "The team has been struggling a little bit, but hopefully I can bring some energy and help try to turn it around." While he did what was expected, the Blue Jackets dropped another game as they lost 2-1 to Nashville.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 07:33:00 AM

Kerby Rychel was recalled from the minors and will make his NHL debut on Saturday.

Rychel was drafted 19th overall in the 2013 Draft and had six goals and 13 points in 22 AHL games, his first stop as a professional. We cannot recommend him at this time as he is likely to get just an audition but he can be a force to deal with in the future as he has a scoring touch and is 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.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 11:31:00 AM

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.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 06:14:00 PM

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.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 06:36:00 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.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 09:19:00 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.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 02:17:00 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.
Tue, May 20, 2014 04:57:00 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.
Sat, May 17, 2014 09:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Brandon Dubinsky
3Alexander Wennberg
4Gregory Campbell
LW1Scott Hartnell
2Brandon Saad
3Boone Jenner
4Matt Calvert
RW1Nick Foligno
2Cam Atkinson
3Jared Boll
4David Clarkson
5Rene Bourque
D1Jack Johnson
2David Savard
3Ryan Murray
4Fedor Tyutin
5Kevin Connauton
6Dalton Prout
7Cody Goloubef
G1Sergei Bobrovsky
2Curtis McElhinney