Kerby Rychel

Two beauties in two minutes by Blue Jackets

In the span of two minutes, the Columbus Blue Jackets built a 2-0 lead against the Nashville Predators, and they scored each tally with style.

Really, the bigger question is: which goal was prettier.

You can see the first of two above.

Kerby Rychel deserves most of the credit on that one, as he sent a sublime pass to Gregory Campbell to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

Ryan Johansen may – or may not – have topped that display of talent, as he pulled out a lobotomizing move to make 2-0.

Watch below … and feel pity for Pekka Rinne/really anyone trying to stop Johansen when he’s rolling.

Columbus places Dubinsky on IR, expect him to miss 2-3 weeks


The Columbus Blue Jackets shared more information about Brandon Dubinsky‘s health, and they even specified that his “upper-body injury” is actually elbow-related.

The Blue Jackets revealed that Dubinsky is expected to miss about two-to-three weeks with that injury; he’s been placed on injured reserve.

After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, they turn around and face the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Dalton Prout will be a healthy scratch while Kerby Rychel gets a chance to make an impression on John Tortorella.

He won’t need to worry about prior baggage, either.

Jackets recall Rychel on emergency basis

The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up an impressive win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night and they did it without Brandon Dubinsky.

Dubinsky (upper body) was ruled out of the game just hours before puck drop. His absence forced the Jackets to play with 11 forwards and seven defensemen because they didn’t have enough time to call anyone up from the minors.

It’s unclear if Dubinsky will be able to play in tonight’s game against the Coyotes.

On Saturday morning, the team announced that they will be getting reinforcements from the farm, as they recalled Kerby Rychel from the AHL.

Rychel was Columbus’ first round pick, 19th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The 21-year-old suited up in one NHL game this season, but he’s spent the majority of his time in Lake Erie where he has four goals and 11 points in 10 games.

Jackets send Rychel back down to AHL… again

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Kerby Rychel is the human elevator.

On Friday, Rychel made yet another trip to the club’s AHL affiliate in Lake Erie, just two days after being recalled. It was the latest transaction in what’s been a steady stream of them:

— On Oct. 3, Rychel was cut from Columbus’ training camp and dispatched to the minors.

— On Oct. 16, he was recalled.

— That same day, he was sent back down.

— Then he got called back up.

— On Oct. 17, he made his season debut for the Jackets, logging 9:18 of ice time.

— On Oct. 20, he was sent back down as Alexander Wenneberg was activated off IR.

— On Nov. 4 he came back up, as David Clarkson went on IR.

— On Nov. 6, he went back down.

It’s important to remember a few things here.

One, Rychel is still only 21 years old.

Two, Columbus and Lake Erie are very close, so moving him between organizations isn’t that difficult.

Three, he was the club’s first-round pick (19th overall) in 2013, and reportedly still held in high regard.

Four, and perhaps most importantly, he’s performed extremely well for Lake Erie this season, with 10 points in six games, and is tied for 13th in American League scoring.

He just happens to travel a lot, is all.