BUFFALO – The Maple Leafs wrapped up the 2016 NHL entry draft by consummating a trade early Saturday afternoon, acquiring left winger Kerby Rychel from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenceman Scott Harrington
and a conditional draft pick.
The 21-year-old Rychel, a native of Torrance, Calif., was selected 19th overall by Columbus in 2013 and has 37 games of NHL experience under his belt. He played 32 games for the Jackets last season, scoring two goals and nine points. Rychel was a two-time 40-goal scorer for the Ontario League’s Windsor Spitfires from 2011-13, and posted 11 goals and 32 points in 20 playoff games for the OHL’s Guelph Storm in the 2013 OHL playoffs. His father, Warren Rychel, played 26 games for the Leafs in 1994-95, scoring a goal and seven points in that span.
Harrington was originally acquired by Toronto as part of the deal that sent Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins last summer. He played 15 games for the Leafs, posting one assist, and another 17 games with the American League Toronto Marlies, posting a goal and three points. The 23-year-old Kingston, Ont., native was selected by the Penguins 54th overall in 2011.