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Road to the NHL Draft: Kerby Rychel

By John Vogl

Kerby Rychel

Position: Left wing

Junior team: Windsor (OHL)

Born: Torrence, Calif.

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds

2012-13 stats: 68 games, 40 goals, 47 assists, 87 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 17

Lowdown: Scoring 40 goals in consecutive seasons does a lot for a player’s draft stock, as Rychel can attest. He led Windsor with 41 tallies and 74 points last season, and he kept the production going this season to pace the Spitfires again. He has the size of a power forward and knows how to get to the right spots for a scoring chance.

Rychel is the son of former NHL forward Warren Rychel, who grinded out a 400-game career with stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Colorado and Anaheim. Warren Rychel is also the general manager in Windsor, and his acquisition of Kerby has obviously worked out.

Rychel needs to improve his skating. He’s often sluggish on starts. Though he’s handled expectations that come with being the son of an NHL player and OHL GM, he can be weighed down by the burden of carrying a team.

He said it: "I'm a two-way power forward who can be used in all situations. I think the coaches have a trust in me to play in all situations. Some people will nitpick at my game since they know who my dad is. But I don't play like him. I work hard like him, but I'm not a fighter. I'm more of a goal scorer and penalty killer." – Kerby Rychel to

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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