Kerby Rychel off to fast start 

October, 30, 2012

RychelClaus Andersen/Getty ImagesKerby Rychel has turned heads with his early performances.

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In his third Ontario Hockey League year, forward Kerby Rychel of the Windsor Spitfires inspires comparisons to a young magician mastering a blockbuster routine. The tricks are all worked out, the script is committed to memory, the timing is down -- all that's needed is the extra polish that comes with repetition and practice. Or, in Rychel's case, that supplementary physical edge or added bit of speed that could enhance his game further in the months ahead. Because make no mistake, the young winger is already a very good hockey player.

Slated to go in the first round of the 2013 draft, Rychel has the potential to compete as a power forward in the NHL. Scoring his ninth goal of the season in Friday's 6-4 victory over the Guelph Storm, the 18-year-old is already making up for a somewhat sluggish start to 2012-13. Gifted with good hands, smarts, vision and a knack for finding the back of the net, Rychel is also an imposing presence (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) on a forward line with Brady Vail (Montreal Canadiens, fourth round, 2011) and Chris Marchese.