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Phil Kessel | Winger | #81

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / BOS
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According to TSN, Phil Kessel just barely missed out on the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL playoffs MVP.
TSN's unconfirmed tally had the winner Sidney Crosby edging out Kessel by just three points. The winner is determined by 18 members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, who choose a first, second and third preference with five, three and one point earned for each respective vote. In TSN's tally, Crosby had nine first place votes compared to Kessel's seven, while Kris Letang earned the other two first place votes. The final count was 63 points for Crosby, 60 for Kessel, 18 for Letang and three other players tied at seven points. Jun 16 - 8:30 PM
Source: TSN

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Phil Kessel may visit Toronto when he gets his day with the Stanley Cup.

However, he isn't doing it to rub it in after he was traded to Pittsburgh from the Maple Leafs. "I always like to thank them for my time there," Kessel said. "They treated me great. I loved the city. I will always cherish my time there." He still has plenty of friends in Toronto and it was the city he spent six seasons of his NHL career in.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 15 - 5:38 PM

Phil Kessel was a major factor for Pittsburgh during the team's run to a Stanley Cup championship.

He recorded 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games to win the Cup in his first season with the Penguins. Kessel enjoyed tremendous success on a line with fellow newcomers Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin.
Jun 13 - 9:38 AM

Phil Kessel collected an assist in Game 5 on Thursday versus San Jose.

Kessel had a helper on a power-play goal by Evgeni Malkin to give him 22 points in 23 postseason contests. He has posted one goal and three assists in the Stanley Cup Final.
Jun 10 - 9:41 AM

For the first time in his career, Phil Kessel is one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.

"I mean, you never imagine something like this," Kessel said. "But to be one game away from winning is something special." Kessel has been one of the big reasons for Pittsburgh's playoff success in 2016. The 28-year-old has 10 goals and 21 points in 22 postseason games. Another strong performance between now and the end of the series could cement Kessel as the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 7 - 10:06 PM

Phil Kessel registered two assists in Pittsburgh's 3-1 victory over the Sharks Monday night.

Kessel has 10 goals and 21 points in 22 playoff contests this year. Over the course of his career, he's contributed 23 goals and 42 points in 44 postseason contests.
Jun 7 - 9:18 AM

Phil Kessel found the back of the net in the Penguins' 2-1 overtime win versus San Jose on Wednesday.

Kessel has 10 goals and 19 points in 20 playoff contests. While he didn't live up to expectations during the regular season as far as his offensive production went, his efforts in the playoffs are a big part of the reason why Pittsburgh is just two wins away from a championship.
Jun 2 - 9:22 AM

Phil Kessel is disappointed that he wasn't selected by Team USA for this fall's World Cup.

Kessel being left off the roster was a head-scratcher, especially with players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan making the roster. "I think I've had a pretty good playoffs," said Kessel. "I think I've played well for (Team USA) in the past." The World Cup snub will sting a lot less if he and the Penguins manage to win four more games and hoist the Stanley Cup this postseason.
May 29 - 6:19 PM

Phil Kessel is so excited to be in his first Stanley Cup Final.

You might even say that "Phil the Thrill" is thrilled to be there. The former Bruin and Maple Leaf had 26 goals and 59 points in the regular season but leads the Penguins during the playoffs with 18 points including nine goals. He has been playing alongside Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino to give the Penguins a top notch third unit. He has to be given plenty of Conn Smythe consideration if the Penguins manage to win the Stanley Cup.
May 28 - 10:03 AM

Phil Kessel didn't get a spot on Team USA's World Cup roster.

The news is pretty surprising, as the U.S. opted to bring players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan instead. Kessel scored a modest 26 goals during the 2015-16 regular season, but he's turned it on in the playoffs. The 28-year-old has nine goals and 18 points in 18 games during the postseason. This decision is a bit of a head-scratcher.
May 27 - 9:39 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Kessel has found the back of the net in four of Pittsburgh's last five games. He now has nine goals and 18 points in 17 playoff contests.
May 25 - 9:50 AM

Phil Kessel has a six game scoring streak heading into Game 5 Sunday.

The former Bruin and Maple Leaf has five goals and nine points during the streak and that has boosted his totals to 17 points in 15 playoff games this season. The talented Kessel certainly deserves some Conn Smythe consideration at this time.
May 22 - 9:04 AM

Phil Kessel found the back of the net in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Lightning in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

With his team trailing 4-0, Kessel finally got the Penguins on the board at the 1:18 mark of the third period. The Pens got two more goals from Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz to make the game interesting, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Kessel continues to rip it up this postseason. He's scored in three straight games and he's collected at least one point in each game of this series. The 28-year-old has eight goals and 17 points in 15 playoff games in 2016. The series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 will be played in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
May 20 - 11:13 PM

Phil Kessel is one of just three active players to average more than a point-per-game in at least 20 career playoff contests.

With a goal and an assist on Wednesday, Kessel now has 20 markers and 37 points in 36 career postseason games. The other two players on that list with Kessel are teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It certainly speaks to the Penguins' offensive capabilities when they have the only three players that qualify for that distinction.
May 19 - 3:01 PM

Veteran forward Phil Kessel notched a goal and an assist as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Lightning 4-2 in Tampa Bay Wednesday night.

Kessel now has 16 points in 14 playoff games, and the Penguins now are up 2-1 on the Lightning in the best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final. Game 4 of the series goes Friday night in Tampa. Kessel is making a run at the Conn Smythe Trophy as top player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Wednesday, he scored his seventh goal of the postseason at 5:16 of the third period to give the Pens a 2-0 lead. He posted his ninth assist on the Pens' first goal, scored by Carl Hagelin with only 10 seconds left in the first period. Sidney Crosby, with his fifth goal of the playoffs, made it 3-1 for Pittsburgh on a power play at 10:50 of the third period. And Chris Kunitz iced the win with an unassisted goal at 13:12. It was Kunitz's second goal of the postseason.
May 18 - 11:24 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Kevin Porter
6Oskar Sundqvist
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Kael Mouillierat
5Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Ben Lovejoy
6Ian Cole
7Derrick Pouliot
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Matt Murray