|Position: Left Wing|
|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:
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.|
|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.|