Kerby Rychel
Kerby Rychel 2014-12-13.jpg
Born October 7 1994 (1994-10-07) (age 25),
Torrance, California, U.S.
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
SHL team
F. teams
Örebro HK
Columbus Blue Jackets
Montreal Canadiens
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2013
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 2014–present

Kerby Rychel (born October 7, 1994) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for Örebro HK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). 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]

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] Rychel paused his North American career, agreeing to his first contract abroad in signing a one-year contract with Swedish club, Örebro HK of the SHL, on July 27, 2019.[12]

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,[13] and during the 2011–12 season he won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships.[14] During the 2012–13 season he was an invited participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.[15]

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 3026847
2010–11 Windsor Spitfires OHL 32581326 1825714
2011–12 Windsor Spitfires OHL 6841337454 42025
2012–13 Windsor Spitfires OHL 6840478794
2013–14 Windsor Spitfires OHL 2716233915
2013–14 Guelph Storm OHL 3118335128 2011213223
2014–15 Springfield Falcons AHL 5112213343
2014–15 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 50332
2015–16 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 376212753 1715626
2015–16 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 3227915
2016–17 Toronto Marlies AHL 73193352118 112352
2017–18 Toronto Marlies AHL 5510203036
2017–18 Laval Rocket AHL 1684128
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41122
2018–19 Stockton Heat AHL 5723204329
2018–19 Calgary Flames NHL 20000
NHL totals 433111419


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

Awards and honorsEdit

Awards Year
CHL Top Prospects Game 2013 [16]
CHL Memorial Cup All-Star Team 2014 [17]
Calder Cup (Lake Erie Monsters) 2016 [18]
World U-17 Hockey Challenge gold medal with Team Ontario 2012 [19]
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament gold medal 2012
IIHF World U18 Championship bronze medal 2012 [20]


  1. Kerby Rychel's NHL Draft Profile. National Hockey League (2013-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-06-21.
  2. "2012 NHL draft: Unlike father Warren, Spitfires’ Kerby Rychel looks to be a sure bet", 2012-03-02. Retrieved on 2013-06-25. Archived from the original on June 20, 2013. 
  3. "Rychel pick is justified", 2010-05-03. Retrieved on 2013-06-21. 
  4. 2013 NHL Draft Rankings War Room: Combining Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. (2013-06-21). Retrieved on 2013-06-22.
  5. Kerby Rychel set for NHL debut (2014-11-28). Retrieved on 2014-11-28.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Report: Leafs, Flames, Canadiens interested in Rychel trade. Sportsnet. Rogers (January 4, 2016). Retrieved on July 11, 2016.
  7. Maple Leafs acquire Kerby Rychel from Columbus. Toronto Maple Leafs (2016-06-25). Retrieved on 2016-06-25.
  8. Plekanec traded to Toronto in exchange for a draft pick and two prospects (February 25, 2018). Retrieved on February 25, 2018.
  9. Forward Hunter Shinkaruk acquired from Calgary in return for Kerby Rychel (August 20, 2018). Retrieved on August 20, 2018.
  10. FLAMES SIGN KERBY RYCHEL (August 20, 2018). Retrieved on August 22, 2018.
  11. "Flames provide qualifying offers to eight players". Calgary Flames (June 25, 2019). Retrieved on June 25, 2019.
  12. "NHL experienced forward Kerby Rychel signs for OHK" (in Swedish). Örebro HK (July 27, 2019). Retrieved on July 27, 2019.
  13. Kerby Rychel prospect profile. Hockey' (2014-05-14). Retrieved on 2014-05-14.
  14. Rychel proud of bronze medal. (2012-02-02). Archived from the original on October 26, 2014. Retrieved on 2012-02-02.
  15. 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game: Sporting bloodlines flow through number of prospects. Hockey' (2013-02-01). Retrieved on 2015-04-13.
  16. CHL Top Prospect game rosters. Canadian Hockey League (2013-01-04). Retrieved on 2015-05-14.
  17. Memorial Cup All-Star Teams. Memorial Cup (2014-05-04). Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
  18. Brown, Tony (June 12, 2016). Bjorkstrand's OT goal clinches Monsters' first-ever Calder Cup championship. Columbus Blue Jackets. Retrieved on June 12, 2016.
  19. Ontario crowned U17 Challenge champions. Winnipeg Sun (2011-01-04). Retrieved on 2014-05-14.
  20. Canada's National Men's Under-18 Team Wins Bronze Medal at 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. Hockey Canada (2012-02-02). Retrieved on 2015-05-14.

External linksEdit

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