Kerby Rychel – Windsor Spitfires – 2013 NHL Draft

The son of Windsor Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel; Kerby utilized his dual citizenship in his OHL Draft year, to be a key player for the Detroit Belle Tire U18 team as a 15 year old.

After the Windsor Spitfires skipped Kerby with their first round selection, their OHL Championship opponents may have tried to throw the Spitfires off by selecting the son of the Spitfires GM. If this was the plan, it backfired; the Spitfires won in 4 straight and reports were that Kerby was not interested in reporting to Barrie. The Colts would gain a compensatory pick, which they used to select Alex Yuill, and traded Kerby to Mississauga.

He spent half a season with the Memorial Cup hosts, before his father traded for him just prior to the OHL trade deadline. Kerby would nearly double his statistical output after joining the Spitfires. Kerby also did very well at the U17’s for Team Ontario. Kerby started the 2010-2011 season strong, scoring goals in 6 of his first 7 games, eventually posting 41 goals on the season, along with a strong showing at the U18’s.

Kerby misses the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by about 4 weeks and he would have likely gone in the first round had he been part of this draft. Kerby is led by his excellent wrist shot, which he can release quickly. He finds great positioning in the offensive zone and is very dangerous with the puck. He seems to prefer shooting much more than passing, but when he does pass, he is pretty accurate. Kerby isn’t the type of player that blows you away with his flash. He’s more of a sound positional player in all three zones and you usually don’t notice him, until it’s too late. Kerby is physical and has good upper body strength. He lacks a bit of a mean streak, but other than that, he seems like he has good power forward potential at the next level. If Kerby stays on track, he should hear his name called on the first day of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has all the makings to produce as a top six forward.  He will be looked to as a leader for the up and coming Spitfires.