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Massive move for Storm

The Guelph Storm has made a big deal with the Windsor Spitfires that will see first-round NHL draft pick Kerby Rychel join the team.

Rychel, along with fellow NHL draft pick Nick Ebert, are Guelph-bound in exchange for the Storm’s Brody Milne, a Guelph native, and nine draft picks.

Rychel, 19, was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the NHL draft, 19th overall, in June.

Ebert, 19, is a seventh-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, taken in the 2012 draft.

The Storm announced the deal on Tuesday night.

“We are extremely excited about acquiring two outstanding veteran junior players,” said Storm vice president and general manager Mike Kelly, in a news release.

“With the depth of our current roster, a very strong 1997 draft class and seven extra picks that we had previously acquired, we were well positioned to strengthen an already very good hockey team.”

On the departing Milne, an 18-year-old winger, Kelly said: “Windsor is acquiring perhaps the most improved player in the OHL in Brody Milne and also replenish their selection of draft picks. We would like to thank Brody and his family for their contribution to the Storm, as well as welcome Kerby and Nick and their respective families to Guelph.”

Milne had eight goals and seven assists in 28 games for Guelph this season, and scored in each of the team’s last three games.

Among draft picks headed Windsor’s way are Guelph’s second-round picks for five straight seasons: 2014 to 2018.

With the Spitfires since 2010-11, Rychel has recorded 213 points from 102 goals and 111 assists.

This year in 27 games, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound left winger led the Spitfires in goals (16), assists (23) and points (39).

Earlier this week, the native of Tecumseh, Ont., was one of 25 players invited to Canada’s national junior team selection camp in Toronto.

Ebert, a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound defenseman, has led all Windsor defensemen in scoring the last two seasons.

The native of Livingston, N.J., is tied in the league lead for plus-minus, with a plus-27 rating.

The two new members of the Storm will make their debut on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre when Guelph hosts Owen Sound at 7:30 pm.

The contest is the Storm’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

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