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Phil Kessel | Winger

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
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Along with hosting the 2016 World Cup, Toronto is slated to host the 2017 All-Star game and an outdoor game to honor their 100th year anniversary.
We don't yet know which flavor of outdoor game the Leafs will host, but we do know it will be at the Rogers Center, which is where the Blue Jays play a few short blocks from the Air Canada Centre. As for the All-Star game, Gary Bettman said the League "wanted to do the right thing" for the Leafs' centennial and they are expected to host the Montreal Canadiens. It also happens to be Canada's 150th year as well as the NHL's centennial. Jan 24 - 5:39 PM

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Phil Kessel insists he doesn't regret re-signing with Toronto.

"No. I love Toronto. Toronto's a great city. I love playing there. I love the fans," Kessel said. Although he comes under fire, from a statistical standpoint, he's performed as advertised. He reached the 80-point mark in each of the last two full seasons and had 52 points in 48 contests during the shortened campaign. The Maple Leafs as a whole haven't been nearly as successful though.
Jan 23 - 4:33 PM

Phil Kessel has scored just two goals in his last 15 games.

Things are falling apart quickly in Leaf land since the team fired coach Randy Carlyle. Kessel has been involved in confrontations with the media, and his play on the ice has fallen off as well. The 27-year-old had no points on the Leafs four-game road trip in which they went 0-4. Overall, Kessel has 19 goals and 43 points in 46 games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 18 - 9:40 AM

Phil Kessel will have to find his scoring touch if the Maple Leafs are to keep up in the playoff hunt.

Kessel has scored only one even-strength goal in Toronto's last 17 games. That is completely unacceptable for a player on whom the Buds rely on to lead them offensively. Kessel did get four shots on goal Wednesday against the Ducks but then took only one against the Sharks the next night. Kessel is also likely in for a rough night against St. Louis as Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock intends to play the David Backes line against Kessel's line when he can. Kessel is going to have dig down deep and provide more scoring if the Leafs are to be post-season relevant.
Jan 17 - 12:09 PM

Phil Kessel recorded four shots on net as Toronto was shutout 4-0 in Anaheim on Wednesday.

The Leafs looked flat for most of this game and the best chances came on the sticks of the wrong players like Daniel Winnik. Toronto doesn't have a lot of time to think about it though as it faces another stern test in San Jose on Thursday night. It will certainly be asking more of top players like Kessel though who logged 19:29 of ice time in this contest and didn't record a single hit.
Jan 15 - 1:12 AM

Phil Kessel had three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating in Monday's 2-0 loss to Los Angeles.

Kings' forward Anze Kopitar scored just 37 seconds into the game to give LA the lead, but the Leafs were the better team for most of the night. Toronto had plenty of opportunities to put the puck in the net, but they couldn't beat Kings' goaltender Martin Jones. Kessel played 22:37 tonight, including 3:51 on the man advantage. The Leafs have just one win in their last five games.
Jan 13 - 1:15 AM

Phil Kessel is the Maple Leafs' lone representative in the 2015 NHL All-Star game.

The 27-year-old has been extremely productive this season, with 19 goals and 43 points in 42 games. Kessel's two-way play has been questioned, but there's no doubting his offensive touch. The All-Star game will be held in Columbus, Ohio from January 23rd to 25th.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 11 - 12:45 PM

Phil Kessel lost his temper when it was suggested to him on Tuesday that he was difficult to coach.

That's following bench boss Randy Carlyle being fired. Kessel walked away from the media scrum declaring, "this guy's such an idiot!" after being asked if he felt their was validity to the suggestion that he's a difficult guy to coach. The thing is, the question was perfectly valid because Kessel's former coach, Ron Wilson, is the one making the accusations. "You can't rely on Phil. It's just the way it is.(Kessel) comes and goes, and he gets emotional, and he lets that affect his game and his relationship with other players. But that's just the nature of the beast," Wilson told TSN 1050. "That's what you have to coach. You have to know that Phil's gonna give you everything he's got for two or three weeks, and then for the next two or three weeks, everything seems to go wrong for Phil. That's just the way it is."
Jan 6 - 1:46 PM

With injuries to Nazem Kardi and Joffrey Lupul look for Toronto coach Randy Carlyle to rely heavily on Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk.

In fact, Kessel and Bozak logged 26 minutes against Minnesota Friday night and will likely do the same against Winnipeg Saturday evening. We are not sure if this is a boost to Kessel's, Bozak's and JVR's fantasy values as overuse can sometimes backfire.
Jan 3 - 12:04 PM

Phil Kessel recorded his 500th NHL point in Wednesday's shootout win against Boston.

He earned his 499th point when he set up a goal by James van Riemsdyk and he snapped a six-game goalless skid when he scored on the power play. Kessel has 18 goals and 41 points in 38 games, which ranks him fifth in the league in scoring.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 1 - 11:19 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal an an assist in the Maple Leafs' 4-3 shootout win over the Bruins in Boston Wednesday night.

Kessel also missed a penalty shot. The goal he scored, at 9:45 of the second period, was his 18th of the season and it gave the Leafs a 3-1 lead. For the third consecutive game, however, the Leafs blew a two-goal lead, allowing the Bruins to tie the game in regulation. Kessel notched his 23rd assist of the season on James van Riemsdyk's 17th goal of the season. Leo Komarov, who returned to the Toronto lineup after 14 games (concussion), scored the games' opening goal at 10:22 of the first period. Komarov beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with a low wrist shot from the slot. Komarov has five goals this season.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Phil Kessel had two assists in Tuesday's 4-0 win versus Dallas.

He appeared to be a little frustrated when he couldn't cash in on his opportunities, but it's only a matter of time before he breaks out in that regard. Kessel sits fifth in the league with 17 goals and he's sixth overall with 38 points in 35 games.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Phil Kessel had four shots on goal in Sunday's 4-0 loss to Chicago.

The four shots tied a team-high in the game. The Blackhawks scored two late first period goals and never looked back. The Leafs have now lost three consecutive games and it won't get any easier from here. This was the first of a seven game road trip for Toronto.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 09:45:00 PM

Phil Kessel registered a pair of goals and added an assist for Toronto as part of a 6-2 victory on Tuesday.

The offensive outburst gives the sniper points in eight of his last nine games and 34 on the season, placing him back into the NHL's top 10. The Maple Leafs also received goals from Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri, David Booth and Joffrey Lupul in the blowout win.
Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:00:00 PM

Phil Kessel scored his 15th goal of the season in the Maple Leafs' 2-1 shootout triumph over the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night.

Kessel's goal came on a tip-in at 5:09 of the third period. It tied the game at 1-1. Assists went to Kessel's linemates, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak. They were their respective 13th and 14th assists of the season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Daniel Winnik
3David Booth
4Trevor Smith
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Richard Panik
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Cody Franson
3Jake Gardiner
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Korbinian Holzer
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer