Rychel split the 2015-16 season between the Blue Jackets and the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, where he helped the club win the 2015-16 Calder Cup. He scored two goals with seven assists in 32 games with Columbus along with six goals and 21 assists in 37 games in the AHL last season.
The 21-year-old, who is the son of former Maple Leafs forward Warren Rychel, has two more years left on his contract that carries an annual salary cap hit of $863,333.
Columbus originally selected Rychel in the first round (19th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft. He reportedly requested a trade out of the organization earlier this year,
He played 15 games with the Maple Leafs, recording one assist, and also appeared in 17 games with the club’s AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
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