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Blue Jackets acquire defenseman Scott Harrington

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for left wing Kerby Rychel, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

“We’re very excited to add a young defenseman with NHL experience in Scott Harrington.  He is a former captain of the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights and will be a very good addition to our organization,” said Kekalainen.  “We also wish Kerby Rychel all the best moving forward.”

Harrington, 23, posted an assist and four penalty minutes in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16.  He added 1-2-3 with 14 penalty minutes and a +4 plus/minus rating in 17 games with the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.  He was acquired by Toronto as part of a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2015.

The Kingston, Ontario native made his NHL debut with the Penguins in 2014-15, registering four penalty minutes in 10 contests and adding 2-10-12 with 20 penalty minutes and was +19 in 48 games with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.  He has tallied 8-31-39 with 89 penalty minutes and is +32 in 141 career AHL games since making his pro debut in 2013-14.

Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round, 54th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft, Harrington notched 13-68-81 with 129 penalty minutes and a +58 plus/minus rating in 216 career games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League from 2009-13.  He has represented Canada at four international tournaments.  He was named as one of Canada’s top three players at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championships with 0-2-2 in six games and helped the Canadians capture a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships after posting 1-3-4 in five contests.

Rychel recorded 2-7-9 with 15 penalty minutes and was +5 in 32 games with the Blue Jackets last season and added 6-21-27 with 53 penalty minutes in 37 games with the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.  Columbus’ second selection, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, the Torrance, California native has posted 2-10-12 with 17 penalty minutes and is +8 in 37 career NHL games since making his NHL debut in 2014-15.  He has added 18-42-60 with 96 penalty minutes in 88 career AHL games with Lake Erie and the Springfield Falcons.

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