COLUMBUS, OHIO -- Left wing Kerby Rychel from Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, has been selected to participate in the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic, the Monsters and AHL announced today. He will represent the Monsters on the Central Division All-Star squad at the event to be held January 31 and February 1 in Syracuse, New York.
Rychel, 21, has recorded five goals and 15 assists for 20 points with 45 penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in 21 games with Lake Erie this season. Making his AHL All-Star Classic debut, he leads the club in points per game (.95) and is second in both assists and points. He has also recorded 0-3-3 and 11 penalty minutes with a +3 plus/minus rating in 11 games with the Blue Jackets.
The Torrance, California native has recorded 17-36-53 with 88 penalty minutes and a +9 plus/minus rating in 72 career AHL games with the Monsters and Springfield Falcons. Columbus’ second first round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft, he has also posted 0-6-6, 13 penalty minutes and a +6 plus/minus rating in 16 career NHL games since making his debut last season.
Each of the AHL’s four divisions will be represented by 13 players: seven forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders. Rosters were determined by committees of AHL coaches, and all 30 AHL teams are represented by at least one All-Star.
The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 31 (8 p.m. ET) will keep its traditional format, with All-Stars from the Eastern Conference squaring off against All-Stars from the Western Conference in seven skills events. The 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge will take place on the evening of Feb. 1 (7 p.m. ET); instead of a traditional 60-minute game, the AHL’s All-Stars will be divided into four teams, one representing each of the league’s divisions (Atlantic, North, Central, Pacific). The teams will then play a round-robin tournament featuring six games of nine minutes each; the first half of each game will be played at 4-on-4, and the second half at 3-on-3. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin tournament will face off for the championship, a six-minute game played at 3-on-3.