As 2016 starts to finally get the chill of winter going, Leafs rumors of trade targets have started to finally heat up.
After completing a trade yesterday that saw the Leafs move Richard Panik in exchange for Jeremy Morin of the Blackhawks, rumors of more deals continue to make the rounds.
Earlier today the Maple Leafs were linked by Aaron Portzline (Columbus Dispatch) to being interested in 21 year old, former first rounder, Kerby Rychel.
Standing 6’1 and weighing in at 215 pounds Rychel approached the organization about being moved before this season began. Unhappy with playing time and a lack of opportunity the player and his agent approached Columbus with their request last year.
Watching Rychel play the Marlies on New Years Eve at the Ricoh it was evident he enjoys a rugged style of play posting 14 minutes in penalties. however Rychel is not one dimensional as he also directed 4 shots on the Toronto net and finished a plus one. A good skater and possessing a solid shot, it was fairly evident that Rychel could have more potential than just AHL minutes. With a career high of 87 points in the 2012-13 season (40 goals), combined with size should at least have the Leafs making a phone call or two about Rychel. This is exactly the kind of project player that the Leafs should attempt to acquire and bolster the organizational depth but with 7 other teams interested, could also drive the asking price thru the roof.