TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Kerby Rychel said his team relished the role of underdog against the Detroit Red Wings in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament championship game Tuesday at Centre Ice Arena.
Rychel, a first-round pick (No. 19) in the 2013 NHL Draft, played like one by scoring a goal, contributing two assists and landing several big checks to lead the Blue Jackets' prospects to a 5-2 victory. Rychel's line, which included center TJ Tynan (2011 draft, No. 66) and right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (2013, No. 89), combined for two goals and six points to help Columbus win the Matthew Wuest Memorial Cup.