Columbus sends ’13 first-rounder Rychel back to junior

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After just two preseason games, Kerby Rychel is headed back to the OHL.

Rychel, Columbus’ first-round pick (19th overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has been sent back to his junior team in Windsor after a week-long stay at Jackets training camp.

The 18-year-old forward probably saw the writing on the wall when he played just over five minutes in Wednesday’s 5-4 win over Carolina. While a solid prospect, Rychel needs to grow and put size on his 6-foot, 185-pound frame in order to play consistently at the NHL level.

Rychel was the only player Columbus sent back to junior today, dispatching 17 others to AHL Springfield.