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Phil Kessel | Winger

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
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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. Nov 21 - 10:09 PM

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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.
Nov 12 - 11:23 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.
Nov 7 - 12:19 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.
Nov 5 - 11:08 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
Nov 1 - 1:08 PM

Phil Kessel will return to Toronto for the first time since he was dealt from the Maple Leafs to the Penguins in the off-season.

It should be a zoo for Kessel as the shy scorer does not enjoy talking to the press but that's life in Toronto. Kessel has four goals and six points in 10 games but has three goals in his last five. He should be in for a big game against his former teammates and he should be a good play in DFS tonight.
Oct 31 - 8:32 AM

Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Penguins’ 2-1 victory against the Predators on Saturday night.

He converted 41 seconds into the period, with Evgeni Malkin picking up his second assist of the night. Kessel has three goals and four points in eight games, which is certainly not the pace we expect him to finish the season at. Chris Kunitz potted the other goal.
Oct 24 - 10:55 PM

Phil Kessel has been taken off of Sidney Crosby's line and paired up with Evgeni Malkin instead, based on Friday's practice lines.

It's worth noting that Penguins coach Mike Johnston hasn't committed to those line combinations, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Kessel play with Malkin on Saturday. Kessel, Malkin, and Crosby are all expected to be great assets regardless of the line combinations. However, Pittsburgh hasn't been living up to expectations in the early portion of the season, so perhaps mixing up the lines will spark Crosby and Kessel and thus be beneficial to both of them.
Oct 23 - 6:12 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 3-2 overtime win against Florida.

Kessel has two goals and three points in six games. That's not an ideal start for him, but the Penguins as a whole got off to a sluggish start offensively. He should start to really shine soon.
Oct 21 - 10:03 AM

Phil Kessel was held pointless as the Penguins defeated his former teammates the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 Saturday.

Kessel was thrilled to get the win over his ex-mates. "We won. I'm happy when we win," he said. "This is extra special, playing the old team. I'm thrilled to get this win." Kessel has a goal and two points in five games this season. If he is available in trade, grab him as he should pot at least 35-40 goals this season.
Oct 18 - 9:15 AM

Phil Kessel admitted that playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be "strange".

It's going to be strange," said Kessel. "But I'm looking forward to it." It's the first time the sniper plays against his former team since they traded him to the Pens in the off-season. Kessel makes his return to Toronto on October 31st. He has one goal and one assist in four games this season.
Oct 17 - 5:24 PM

Phil Kessel will play against the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time since his off-season trade.

The game will be played Saturday in Pittsburgh so the bigger game should be in two weeks when the Penguins are in Toronto. Kessel is trying to take a relaxed approach to the contest. "I don't care. You know. Whatever," Kessel said after practice Friday. "I've played a bunch of games. It's not a big deal. Obviously I loved my time in Toronto. I had a great time there. I had a lot of friends there. Loved the city. But it's time to move on, right?" Look for Kessel to have a big game and he probably makes a good pick up tonight in DFS.
Oct 17 - 8:35 AM

Phil Kessel lit the lamp for the Penguins, who fell 2-1 to the Coyotes on Saturday night.

It took two games for him to score his first goal with the Penguins. Many are pegging him for his first 40-goal season now that he’s playing with Sidney Crosby (or Evgeni Malkin). Patric Hornqvist had four penalty minutes and five shots on net.
Oct 11 - 1:08 AM

The Phil Kessel era got off to a less-than-ideal start on Thursday night, as the Stars shut out the Penguins 3-0.

Kessel was robbed six times by Antti Niemi in 19:40 of ice time. With so much talent in the Penguins' top six, we're unlikely to see very many of these kinds of nights.
Oct 8 - 11:35 PM

Phil Kessel netted a goal and had an assist in the Penguins’ 4-2 preseason loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Kessel scored his third preseason goal (in his second game) with 10 seconds remaining in the second period. It would not be surprising to see him get close to 50 goals this season. Sidney Crosby picked up the other goal. Chris Kunitz had five shots on goal. Jeff Zatkoff made 25 of 29 saves in the loss.
Sep 26 - 7:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Eric Fehr
5Matt Cullen
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Sergei Plotnikov
3David Perron
4Beau Bennett
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Pascal Dupuis
4Daniel Sprong
5Bryan Rust
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Ian Cole
4Ben Lovejoy
5Rob Scuderi
6Brian Dumoulin
7Adam Clendening
8David Warsofsky
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff