21-Year-Old Left Wing – Toronto Maple Leafs
Kerby Rychel Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets in December 2013.
Rychel was traded by Columbus to Toronto on Saturday in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The son of former NHL enforcer Warren Rychel, young Kerby finished his junior career with a mammoth postseason and Memorial Cup run that the Blue Jackets hope he'll someday be able to replicate in the NHL. Rychel's size, toughness and knack for goal-scoring make him look the perfect prototype of a power forward, but the 2013 first-round pick will need to continue to work on his skating and consistency to realize his potential at the highest level.
The son of former enforcer Warren Rychel, Kerby has his dad's toughness but also a nose for the net that his old man lacked. He needs to prove that he can keep up with the speed of play in the pros, but back-to-back 40-goal campaigns in the OHL with Windsor give some hope that he'll be more than a fourth line bruiser.