Kerby Rychel was named to Team Canada's training camp roster on Monday (Aaron Bell, OHL Images)
Warren Rychel wanted his son, Kerby Rychel, to have a shot at the Memorial Cup in his final year of junior hockey, but it won't come while enriching the team that won the host bid over the Windsor Spitfires.
The Guelph Storm, after 24-plus hours of being in a holding pattern on a blockbuster trade, have delivered the boatload of priority selection choices that the elder Rychel was craving to get the Team Canada forward from Windsor. Los Angeles Kings prospect Nick Ebert — it's the second time he and Kerby Rychel have been moved on the same day — will also head to the Midwest Division, instead of his Spitfires' D partner, Tampa Bay Lightning first-rounder Slater Koekkoek.
Officially, Guelph parts with 18-year-old Brody Milne, its second-round picks from 2014 through '18 and three later choices: Windsor's original fourth in this spring's draft, Guelph's four in 2015, a third in '16 that was originally the Kitchener Rangers' and a conditional 15th-rounder in 2017 (if Ebert returns to the OHL as an overage player). Bet the latter beats the most fruit, kidding.
From Tony Saxon (@SaxonOnTheStorm):
One has to admit it does paint a picture, though. The Spitfires were fined and stripped of picks in 2012 after OHL commissioner David Branch found they had paid players "improper benefits." They stayed in the bidding process for the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup that ultimately proved a "slam dunk" for the London Knights.
Now the deal — and while there might be blockbuster-trade fatigue across the OHL, two high NHL first-round picks changing uniforms is huge — sets up Guelph for a shot at the big post-season prize.
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