Rychel was traded by Columbus to Toronto on Saturday in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick. Rychel essentially was a human boomerang between the Blue Jackets and minor-league affiliate AHL Lake Erie last season, serving as a viable replacement when injuries struck among the parent club's more established forwards. The 19th overall draft pick from 2013 recorded 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 37 minor-league games last season and helped the Monsters to their first Calder Cup win in franchise history. He joins a rebuilding Maple Leafs team that selected American prospect Auston Matthews first overall during the draft Friday.
Rychel has been sent back to AHL Lake Erie. Despite averaging just 9:31 of ice time over 32 contests with the Blue Jackets this season, Rychel has posted a respectable nine points (two goals) over that frame. He'll now head back to the AHL club just in time to be eligible for the affiliate's postseason, but there's a chance the 21-year-old winger will rejoin the club again before the season ends.
Rychel scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to Boston. He pulled it off in just 10:09 of ice time. Rychel has five points in his last five games after getting four in his first 13. He's going to be an effective two-way forward with decent hands, good playmaking and a physical edge. But middle-six will be his ceiling.
Rychel collected a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Capitals. Rychel was one of the lone bright spots for Columbus on Tuesday, as he picked up his first career NHL goal. The 21-year-old winger now has a goal and six assists through 16 games on the season.
Rychel picked up his second assist in three games during Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. He's been skating on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and fellow rookie Josh Anderson, and Rychel has taken advantage of the opportunity given him. His lack of ice time with the man advantage puts a serious damper on his fantasy value, but Rychel is at least getting a chance to prove he can hold his own in the NHL.
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