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Kerby Rychel (born October 7, 1994) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (19th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was born in Torrance, California, but grew up in Tecumseh, Ontario.[1] His father is 1996 Stanley Cup winner Warren Rychel.[2]

Kerby Rychel
Kerby Rychel 2014-12-13.JPG
Born (1994-10-07) October 7, 1994 (age 24)
Torrance, California, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Columbus Blue Jackets
Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2013
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

Rychel was originally selected 21st overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Barrie Colts.[3]

Rychel was rated as a top prospect and was a first round selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[4]

In his debut professional season in 2014–15, on an injury plagued Blue Jackets roster, Rychel was recalled from AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons and made his NHL debut on November 29, 2014 against the Nashville Predators.[5]

Rychel gained notoriety during the 2015–16 NHL season when reports surfaced that he had requested a trade out of Columbus over his lack of playing time at the NHL level. Rychel and his father, who also serves as his agent, held a meeting with management during the Blue Jackets development camp, raising concerns over Rychel being "buried" on the team's depth chart.[6] Ultimately though, Rychel was not traded during the season, and split time between the club and their new AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. The Monsters finished as one of the top teams in the league, and ultimately won the Calder Cup.

On June 25, 2016, less than an hour after the conclusion of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Rychel was traded by the Blue Jackets to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional 5th round pick (condition was not met).[7] The Maple Leafs were rumoured to be one of the teams most interested in Rychel following his earlier trade request.[6] On February 25, 2018, Rychel was traded along with Rinat Valiev and a 2018 second-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Tomáš Plekanec and Kyle Baun.[8]

As an unsigned restricted free agent with the Canadiens over the summer, Rychel was traded by the Canadiens to the Calgary Flames in exchange for fellow restricted free agent, Hunter Shinkaruk, on August 20, 2018,[9] and signed a one-year contract with the Flames.[10]

On June 25, 2019, Rychel was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Flames, enabling him to become a free agent.[11]

International playEdit

Rychel has enjoyed a standout major junior career. During the 2010–11 season he won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge,[12] and during the 2011–12 season he won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.[13] During the 2012–13 season he was an invited participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 Mississauga St. Michael's Majors OHL 30 2 6 8 47
2010–11 Windsor Spitfires OHL 32 5 8 13 26 18 2 5 7 14
2011–12 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 41 33 74 54 4 2 0 2 5
2012–13 Windsor Spitfires OHL 68 40 47 87 94
2013–14 Windsor Spitfires OHL 27 16 23 39 15
2013–14 Guelph Storm OHL 31 18 33 51 28 20 11 21 32 23
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 51 12 21 33 43
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 3 3 2
2015–16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 37 6 21 27 53 17 1 5 6 26
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 32 2 7 9 15
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 73 19 33 52 118 11 2 3 5 2
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 55 10 20 30 36
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 16 8 4 12 8
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 1 1 2 2
2018–19 Stockton Heat AHL 57 23 20 43 29
2018–19 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 43 3 11 14 19

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Canada Ontario U17   5 2 2 4 0
2012 Canada WJC18   7 5 3 8 12
2012 Canada IH18   5 1 1 2 0
2014 Canada WJC 4th 7 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 24 8 6 14 12

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kerby Rychel's NHL Draft Profile". National Hockey League. June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "2012 NHL draft: Unlike father Warren, Spitfires' Kerby Rychel looks to be a sure bet". National Post. March 2, 2012. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  3. ^ "Rychel pick is justified". The Barrie Examiner. May 3, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 NHL Draft Rankings War Room: Combining Central Scouting's Final Rankings". TheHockeyWriters.com. June 21, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
  5. ^ "Kerby Rychel set for NHL debut". hockeybuzz.com. November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Report: Leafs, Flames, Canadiens interested in Rychel trade". Sportsnet. Rogers. January 4, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Maple Leafs acquire Kerby Rychel from Columbus". Toronto Maple Leafs. June 25, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Cudzinowski, Matt (February 25, 2018). "Plekanec traded to Toronto in exchange for a draft pick and two prospects". NHL.com. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  9. ^ Cudzinowski, Matt (August 20, 2018). "Forward Hunter Shinkaruk acquired from Calgary in return for Kerby Rychel". Montreal Canadiens. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "FLAMES SIGN KERBY RYCHEL". NHL.com. August 20, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Flames provide qualifying offers to eight players". Calgary Flames. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  12. ^ "Kerby Rychel prospect profile". Hockey'sFuture.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Rychel proud of bronze medal". Canada.com. February 2, 2012. Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
  14. ^ "2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Sporting bloodlines flow through number of prospects". Hockey'sFuture.com. February 1, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "CHL Top Prospect game rosters". Canadian Hockey League. January 4, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "Memorial Cup All-Star Teams". Memorial Cup. May 4, 2014. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  17. ^ Brown, Tony (June 12, 2016). "Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship". Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Ontario crowned U17 Challenge champions". Winnipeg Sun. January 4, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  19. ^ "Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team Wins Bronze Medal at 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship". Hockey Canada. February 2, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2015.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alexander Wennberg
Columbus Blue Jackets first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Marko Daňo