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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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Phil Kessel's two goals marched the Penguins past the Flyers 4-3 in the battle of Pennsylvania on Thursday night.
It snapped a seven-game goalless drought for the 28-year-old "sharpshooter" who has just 14 goals this season. Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby and Craig Kunitz also posted multi-point efforts for the Pens. Kessel now has 29 points in 46 games. Jan 21 - 10:41 PM

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Phil Kessel recorded two assists in a 5-0 win against Carolina on Sunday.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He still has a long way to go before his 2015-16 numbers start looking like what we would have expected from him going into the season though. He has 12 goals and 27 points in 44 contests.
Jan 18 - 9:28 AM

Phil Kessel had an assist in a 3-1 victory over Chicago on Wednesday.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. That gives him 12 goals and 23 points in 40 contests in 2015-16. It's still nowhere near what we expected from him going into the campaign, but perhaps his recently improved production is setting up for a stronger second half.
Jan 7 - 11:27 AM

Phil Kessel registered an assist in a 5-2 victory over Detroit Thursday night.

That closes the book on a disappointing month for Kessel where he scored four goals and six points in 14 contests. It was a potential low point for Kessel, who wasn't living up to expectations to begin with. Kessel can be a pretty hot-and-cold player though and it's possible we just haven't seen the former yet in 2015-16. It wouldn't be shocking if Kessel, and for that matter the Penguins in general, come up big in the second half.
Jan 1 - 11:32 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan might keep Phil Kessel with Nick Bonino.

Kessel scored two goals on a line with Bonino on Monday. "If (Kessel) was to play with Nick, and when Sid comes back, we end up with (Kessel, Crosby and Malkin) on three separate lines. That's going to be hard to check all three of them. I think maybe that balance might present a bigger challenge for our opponents," Sullivan said. There's certainly that potential, but teams attempting to balance out their lines don't always see positive results. Kessel had a strong contest on Monday, but can he produce at a good rate if he's playing on what is essentially the third line? Are the Penguins best served if their star forwards don't have anyone near their level to work with in five-on-five situations? To be fair, Pittsburgh has attempted to pair Kessel with Malkin and Crosby with at best mixed results thus far, so Sullivan can't really be faulted for trying something different to spark his underperforming team.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored two goals in the second period to help the Pittsburgh Penguins crush the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 Monday night.

Kessel's goals were his 10th and 11th of the season. Kessel also was a plus -2 on the night. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals, as well, to increase his season total to 17. Malkin's second goal of the game was into an empty net at 18:31 of the third period. David Warsofsky had Pittsburgh's other goal, his first. He scored on a power play at 19:15 of the second period. Also recording two-point nights for the Pens with two assists each were David Perron and Nick Bonino. Perron now has nine assists for the season; Bonino, five.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Phil Kessel was back on a line with Evgeni Malkin during Wednesday's pregame skate.

It was surprising to see Kessel on the third line during Tuesday's practice, but that adjustment didn't last long. Kessel picked up an assist in Monday's loss to Washington and he will look to end a five-game goalless skid versus Boston on Wednesday night.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 02:12:00 PM

Phil Kessel practiced on the third line on Tuesday.

New Penguins coach Mike Sullivan made it clear that nothing is set in stone, but this is still a concerning development. Granted, Kessel's tenure in Pittsburgh this season hasn't gone as well as expected with him recording just 18 points in 29 games, but it's unlikely an extended stretch on the third line would do anything but hurt his offensive output. It's too early to jump to conclusions though about his role under Sullivan, but it's worth keeping an eye on.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 09:23:00 AM

Phil Kessel has been held off of the scoresheet in six of his last seven games.

Kessel has had a disappointing campaign thus far with nine goals and 17 points in 28 contests. That being said, the Penguins as a whole have been lacking offensively this season and it will be interesting to see if new head coach Mike Sullivan can address that. The coaching change might prove to be beneficial for Kessel and fantasy owners with Penguins players in general.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 08:47:00 AM

Phil Kessel scored twice in Pittsburgh's 5-1 victory over San Jose on Tuesday.

It was Kessel's first multi-goal game since being acquired by the Penguins. He now has nine goals and 17 points in 24 contests in 2015-16. Those numbers might not measure up to expectations, but we do expect him to pick up the pace as the campaign goes on and he gets more comfortable with the Penguins.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 09:40:00 AM

Phil Kessel netted the lone goal for the Penguins in their 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Saturday night.

Kessel’s goal came on the power play in the second period. Many pegged him for a 50-goal season, but with seven on the year, a 30-goal campaign is looking more realistic. He has 14 points on the season. Patric Hornqvist and Sidney Crosby picked up the assists.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:09:00 PM

Phil Kessel had an assist in a 4-3 shootout win on Wednesday.

That extended Kessel's point streak to four games. He has six goals and 11 points in 15 contests this season.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Phil Kessel continued his scoring ways by notching his fifth goal of the season in Friday's 2-1 win over Edmonton.

Kessel received a helping hand from Brandon Davidson, who both screened Anders Nilsson but also redirected the puck past him when he failed to catch the wrister. Kessel now has points in four of his last five games, bring his season totals up to five goals and nine points in 13 games.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 12:19:00 AM

Phil Kessel recorded two assists in the Penguins' 3-2 win over Vancouver on Wednesday.

Kessel has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He has four goals and eight points in 12 contests in 2015-16. The Penguins got off to a sluggish start offensively, but they're heating up along with Kessel.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:08:00 AM

Phil Kessel was booed in his return to the Air Canada Center on Saturday night.

It was his first game in Toronto since the Leafs traded him to the Penguins during the off-season. Kessel didn't register a point in the game, but the Pens still dominated in a 4-0 win.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Kevin Porter
6Oskar Sundqvist
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Sergei Plotnikov
4Eric Fehr
5Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Beau Bennett
4Bryan Rust
5Tom Kuhnhackl
6Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Ben Lovejoy
6Ian Cole
7Derrick Pouliot
8David Warsofsky
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff