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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
Contract: view contract details

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Phil Kessel (hand) might not participate in any preseason games.
Kessel is on his way back from hand surgery in July. It's possible that he'll play in the Penguins' opener even if he doesn't get in any ice time during the exhibition schedule. Sep 26 - 4:34 PM

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Phil Kessel (hand) participated in Friday's practice.

Kessel's aim is to be ready for the Penguins' season opener. He's recovery from surgery in July.
Sep 24 - 6:44 AM

Phil Kessel took a swipe at USA Hockey for their World Cup snub.

Minutes after the United States' hopes of winning a medal ended with a 4-2 loss to Canada, Kessel tweeted, "Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn’t put my finger on it." It was Kessel's third tweet all year, which might emphasize just how much he wanted to make his feelings on the subject known. Of course his exclusion from Team USA ended up being moot because he would have probably missed the tournament anyways after having bone chips removed from his hand back in July, but it still was a curious decision to snub him in the first place though it was likely part of their general emphasis on grit, which of course didn't pay dividends. Either way, USA Hockey has some reevaluation to do after how the World Cup played out.
Sep 21 - 5:29 AM

Phil Kessel (hand) expects to be ready when the regular season begins.

He had a bone chip in his hand and could be limited at the beginning of training camp. Kessel may skip some practices as a result, but he still believes he will be ready to go when it counts.
Sep 20 - 12:31 PM

Phil Kessel (hand) might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Pens beat writer Josh Yohe suggests that "it will be close". Kessel was left off Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup, so he doesn't have to rush back from his injury. The Pens forward underwent hand surgery in July after his team won the Stanley Cup. Losing Kessel for any amount of time would certainly be a blow for Pittsburgh, but they've managed to survive when some of their other stars have gone down to injury. Kessel scored 26 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season, but he exploded for 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games during the postseason.
Aug 29 - 10:09 AM

Although it was initially suggested that Phil Kessel's hand injury was sustained at the start of the playoffs, it seems it was something he dealt with all season, according to Penguins GM Jim Rutherford.

Rutherford also confirmed that Kessel isn't expected to miss the start of the 2016-17 campaign over this. He underwent hand surgery to deal with the issue.
Jul 10 - 1:39 PM

Phil Kessel has undergone hand surgery.

Kessel injured his hand at the start of the playoffs, but still went on to participate in the rest of the postseason. He scored 10 goals and 22 points in 24 playoff games. Kessel should be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Jul 9 - 3:05 PM

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.
Source: TSN
Jun 16 - 8:30 PM

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.
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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Oskar Sundqvist
6Kevin Porter
7Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Derrick Pouliot
7Ian Cole
8Stuart Percy
G1Matt Murray
2Marc-Andre Fleury