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Columbus Blue Jackets Prospect Rychel Loses Memorial Cup, but is Named All-Star

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The Columbus Blue Jackets picked Kerby Rychel as the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, and right now it looks like it was a smart pick. As a member of the Guelph Storm, he lead the team to the Memorial Cup finals, where they were the favorite to win. In 20 OHL playoff games he contributed 11 goals and 21 assits for an impressive 32 points. He’s a prospect the Jackets will have their eye on when development camp rolls around this summer.

It’s the last game of my junior career and I kind of don’t want it to end. It’s tough. I’m just trying to stay in the moment.” -Kerby Rychel
 Despite his outstanding post-season performance, Rychel’s dreams of winning the Memorial Cup were not meant to be. In the last game of his junior career, Rychel’s team fell short, losing the Memorial Cup title to the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Oil Kings defeated the Storm in a commanding 6-3 victory. It was a tough defeat for the young Rychel and his team, but in the end they were still the OHL Champions, and the CHL Runners-Up. It was an impressive run for the Storm, and one that Rychel helped to bring about.
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His play in the post-season, though not enough to be named a CHL champion, did not go unnoticed. At the end of the Canadian Hockey League’s Memorial Cup, the tournament’s All-Stars are announced. One goalie, two defensemen and three forwards. This year, those included Kerby Rychel and his Storm teammate Matt Finn.

When all is said and done, though the season may have ended in disappointment for the 19-year-old Rychel, it was an impressive run. It will likely be a season that earns him a spot in the NHL, if not this coming year then soon. Rychel’s next step is to come to Columbus and show the Jackets management what he can do at development camp, and hopefully earn himself a spot on the Jackets roster next season.

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