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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 had an assist in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss to Washington in Game 1 on Thursday.
Kessel now has three goals and seven points in six playoff contests. Granted it's a relatively small sample size, but that's a big step up from the regular season where he finished with 59 points in 82 contests. Apr 29 - 11:04 AM

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Phil Kessel has nine goals and 20 points in his last 20 games.

The streak goes back to when Evgeni Malkin got hurt and it seemed like Kessel finally got comfortable in Pittsburgh. Kessel got points in four of the five playoff games, missing only Game 4 from the scoresheet. He has three goals and six points in five post-season games this season and was a good selection in your playoff pool by whoever drafted him.
Apr 24 - 10:01 AM

Phil Kessel popped a goal and an assist during Saturday's Game 5 clincher over the Rangers.

With the tallies, Kessel now has three goals and six points through five games. For his career, he has 16 goals and 26 points in 25 games in the postseason.
Apr 23 - 6:14 PM

Phil Kessel recorded an assist in Pittsburgh's 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 3 Tuesday night.

Kessel has shone in this series with two goals and four points thus far. He's on a four-game point streak dating back to the regular season.
Apr 20 - 9:19 AM

Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

And with that, the series is heading to New York tied 1-1. Kessel scored the game's first goal at the 3:21 mark of the second period, but the Rangers responded by scoring three unanswered goals before the end of the frame. Kessel also cut the Rangers' lead to 4-2 in the third period. Both of Kessel's goals were scored on the man-advantage. The 28-year-old has three points in his first two playoff games as a Penguin.
Apr 16 - 6:21 PM

Phil Kessel registered an assist in a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 on Wednesday.

Kessel is playing in his first postseason series with Pittsburgh following the Penguins' acquisition of him during the summer of 2015. Kessel didn't have quite the offensive showing in the regular season than many were hoping for, but his 26 goals and 59 points in 82 contests is obviously nothing to sneeze at. If Kessel has a big showing in the playoffs that will also make his less than ideal regular season seem less important in the eyes of Penguins fans.
Apr 14 - 9:22 AM

Phil Kessel has excelled with Nick Bonino as his center.

The Penguins used Kessel with either Crosby or Malkin for most of the season and Kessel struggled but since being with Nick Bonino of late, it's the Kessel of 2013-14 and earlier. Kessel loves to carry the puck and that wasn't happening with Crosby or Malkin, but he can free-wheel more with Bonino and the results are showing with 11 points in his last eight games. Kessel is now a must start if points count for a lot.
Apr 2 - 10:11 AM

Phil Kessel feasted on a shaky Pekka Rinne on Thursday night with two goals in the Pens' 5-2 victory.

Kessel is rounding into form right on time for both fantasy and the NHL playoffs. In his first 37 games, he had 21 points. The sniper now has 35 points in his past 40 games, and capped off his most productive month of the season with a point-per-game in 16 March contests.
Mar 31 - 11:26 PM

Phil Kessel has been named the third star of the week.

He earned five assists and seven points in three games to receive the honor. Kessel produced one goal and five points against Detroit on Saturday and finished his productive weekend with two points versus the Rangers on Sunday. Kessel has registered eight straight 50-point seasons.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 28 - 6:25 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and four assists in Friday's 7-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Kessel picked up the primary assists on second period goals by Kris Letang and Carl Hagelin before adding one of his own to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 4-1. Kessel's goal spelled the end of the night for Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek. He added two more assists on Carl Hagelin's second of the game and Nick Bonino's power play goal in the third frame. The 28-year-old has 22 goals and 52 points in 74 games this season.
Mar 26 - 5:09 PM

Phil Kessel just keeps scoring.

Kessel picked up his 19 goal of the season during Sunday's 4-3 win over Buffalo. The tally was his fourth over his last six games as well. With 24 games to go, it's not inconceivable that Kessel could reach at least 25 goals if he keeps up the pace.
Feb 21 - 3:43 PM

Phil Kessel tallied two goals in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win over Detroit on Thursday night.

Kessel now has 18 goals and 37 points through 56 games this season. Not exactly what the Penguins were hoping for, but he now has three goals in his past three contests.
Feb 18 - 9:59 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Friday's 2-1 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kessel opened the scoring at the 15:43 mark of the second period before Andrej Nestrasil tied the game in the next frame. Defenseman Kris Letang scored the winner in the shootout. Kessel has 16 goals and 35 points in 54 games this season. The 28-year-old is on pace to score 24 goals and just over 50 points in 2015-16.
Feb 12 - 10:34 PM

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

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

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
4Tom Sestito
5Kael Mouillierat
6Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Beau Bennett
4Bryan Rust
5Tom Kuhnhackl
6Pascal Dupuis
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Ben Lovejoy
7Ian Cole
8Steven Oleksy
9Derrick Pouliot
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Jeff Zatkoff
3Matt Murray