Mere hours after acquiring Kerby Rychel for Hunter Shinkaruk, the Flames have signed the left winger to a one-year, two-way deal, worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
The #Flames have officially signed newly acquired Kerby Rychel to a one year, two-way contract. $650,000 AAV.
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) August 20, 2018
Rychel, who will turn 24 in October, is the seventh member of the 2013 NHL first round draft class to join the Flames. He has three goals and 14 points over 41 NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Canadiens, and 55 goals and 154 points in 232 AHL games: a .66 point per game showing.
In 2017-18, he played four games for the Habs, scoring a goal and an assist; he also had 42 points over 71 games between the Marlies and Rocket at the AHL level.
There is a potential spot open for Rychel at the NHL level, but he’ll have to compete with other Flames forward prospects in order to get it. Andrew Mangiapane outscored Rychel at the AHL level, while both Morgan Klimchuk and Spencer Foo came close in fewer games played; Foo is the only one older than Rychel by just a couple of months, but has less professional experience.
Despite acquiring so many players selected in the first round of the 2013 draft, few have panned out at the NHL level:
- 5th overall: Elias Lindholm (recently traded for, fourth in draft-wide scoring)
- 6th overall: Sean Monahan (drafted by the Flames, second in draft-wide scoring)
- 17th overall: Curtis Lazar (traded for in 2017, 23rd in draft-wide scoring)
- 19th overall: Kerby Rychel (just traded for, tied for 42nd in draft-wide scoring)
- 22nd overall: Emile Poirier (drafted by the Flames, recently released, played eight NHL games)
- 24th overall: Hunter Shinkaruk (traded for in 2016, just traded away, tied for 62nd in draft-wide scoring)
- 28th overall: Morgan Klimchuk (drafted by the Flames, recently re-signed, has played one NHL game)
Shinkaruk, meanwhile, has been signed by the Canadiens, also to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level.
Canadiens agree to terms with Hunter Shinkaruk.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) August 20, 2018
The Flames’ lone piece of business left this offseason is signing Noah Hanifin.