And With The 18th Pick The Detroit Red Wings Select: Kerby Rychel


Kerby Rychel
Age: 18
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1
Weight: 200lbs
Junior Team: (OHL) Windsor Spitfires
Stats: 68 GP/ 40 G/47 A/87 P/87 PM

Over the next few weeks here at Octopus Thrower we will be profiling a number of draft eligible players who may be dawning a Detroit Red Wings jersey and cap at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on June 30th.

A player the Red Wings’ scouting staff should be very familiar with is Kerby Rychel.  That’s because Rychel plays right across the river from Joe Louis Arena for the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League.

If the surname Rychel rings a bell with you, it should. Kerby’s father is former NHL tough guy Warren Rychel.

However, Kerby’s skillset is a little more advanced than Warren’s.  Sure he can throw hands like his old man, but, unlike Warren, Kerby has the ability to light the lamp with frequent regularity.

Rychel is currently rated number 17 for North American skaters. NHL scout Chris Edwards recently told the Windsor Star that he believes Rychel’s draft ranking is accurate: “I can see him going in the first round.”

Kerby Rychel’s breakdown:


  1. Shot- Possesses a deadly shot and can score anywhere from the blueline in.
  1. Size & Strength- At 200lbs and still growing, Rychel is a handful for opposing defenders. Not afraid to go to the tough areas.
  1. Competitiveness- Very aggressive in offensive zone and excels at finding loose pucks around the crease.


  1. Defensive Zone- Too stationary in own zone. Gets caught puck watching at times. Needs to back-check as hard as he forechecks.
  1. Skating- Still room for improvement in the acceleration department.
  1. Consistency- Can dominate and disappear for long stretches.

NHL Comparable(s):

  1. Scott Hartnell- May have to transform into more of an agitator role at the NHL level in the same mold as Hartnell.
  1. Dustin Brown- Said that he models his game after Brown.  Has shown leadership potential.
  1. David Backes- Displays similar determination and aggressiveness as the Blues’ captain.

 Why He Interests The Red Wings:

Detroit has a plethora of skilled players in their system. Not since the days of  Brendan Shanahan have the Wings had a physical premier power-forward with a scoring touch. Rychel is cut from the same cloth.

Career Potential:

Requires more seasoning at the junior/minor league level.  Has the potential to be a top 6 NHL forward.  Could crack the Wings’ lineup after an extended stay in Grand Rapids.




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