LW Kerby Rychel - Guelph Storm, OHL (2013, 19th overall, Columbus)
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10-03-2012, 09:55 AM
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I wouldn't call him a power forward like Rick Nash in that he uses size to gain an advantage and drive to the net, I'd call him a power forward like Scott Hartnell in that he has a great around-the-net presence. He has a great shot and is often in the right place at the right time for a one-timer snipe.
One common criticism, which I agree with, is his tendency to float in both zones, particularly in the defensive zone. I wouldn't call him a liability, but he is often slightly removed from play in his own zone. This could easily improve as the year goes on.
I believe he would be a perfect fit on a team like Phoenix or Nashville which needs more offense while employing a tight checking system which Kerby could be forced to buy into. I feel like his game could adapt well and he would be very successful.
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