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Phil Kessel | Winger

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
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Look for Phil Kessel to have a big night against the Bruins Saturday.
As the Buds' number one offensive threat Kessel is always on the ice opposite the Bruins' top defender Zdeno Chara. With Chara injured, look for Kessel to have a lot more room to dart around and create offensive chances. If you have Kessel on your fantasy team, make sure he is active as he loves to play against his former club generally, and without Chara in the Boston lineup he might actually have some fun. Oct 25 - 12:28 PM

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Phil Kessel put on quite the show Tuesday as he potted a pair of goals and added a helper in Toronto's 5-2 win on Long Island.

Though he entered the night with a respectable five points in six games, Kessel's season had been a mix of peaks and valleys until he exploded with this showing. James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Leafs in the win, as did Roman Polak and David Clarkson.
Oct 21 - 10:23 PM

Phil Kessel was targeted physically by the Wings' throughout Saturday's game.

Detroit head coach Mike Babcock put Niklas Kronwall on Kessel throughout the night. Kronwall made sure to slash Kessel on the wrist a couple of times, making the Toronto forward lose his cool. His wrist was examined by doctors in the locker room. Because he is Toronto's most dangerous forward, the 27-year-old often takes physical punishment from the opposition. Kessel has two goals and five points in six games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 19 - 11:35 AM

Phil Kessel had four shots on goal in the Leafs’ 1-0 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Kessel also finished a minus-one and had two penalty minutes. He’s among the streakiest goal scorers in the league, capable of winning weeks on his own for those who play in head-to-head leagues. Dion Phaneuf recorded a minor penalty and six shots on goal in the loss.
Oct 18 - 11:03 PM

Phil Kessel's picked up a goal and an assist Tuesday night to help the Maple Leafs upend Colorado by a score of 3-2 in overtime.

Kessel's individual effort just 34 seconds into overtime cemented a come-from-behind victory for the Maple Leafs and brings his season total to five points in four contests. Despite not playing exceptionally well thus far, the sniper has managed to find a way to rack up points, as usual. James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul rounded out the scoring for Toronto.
Oct 15 - 4:02 AM

Phil Kessel scored the winner and added an assist in helping the Leafs to a 3-2 OT win over the Avalanche on Tuesday.

Kessel scored a beauty as he cut in front of the Avalanche net to seal the deal for Toronto. The sniper followed up his three-point night against the Rangers in style with another multi-point effort. Kessel now has five points in two games after going scoreless in the first two games of the season. Line-mates Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyke also got in on the action as the Leafs’ top unit combined for five points in the win.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 15 - 3:11 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in the Leafs’ 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Kessel was critical of his lines’ performance on Saturday and they responded in a big way on Sunday. The goal was Kessel’s first of the season. Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each added a goal and an assist in the win. The Leafs will need their top line to keep producing if they want to make a return to the playoffs this year.
Oct 12 - 10:03 PM

Phil Kessel was not pleased with his lines' performance in Toronto's loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday.

"My line in particular again, we didn’t get sh-- done," said Kessel of himself, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk. "Tonight was not a good performance, me in particular. It’s two games in, but it’s unacceptable so far. We just haven’t got the puck very much right now. It’s a little sloppy and we’re in our defensive zone a little too much." Leafs' coach Randy Carlyle replaced Kessel on the top line with David Clarkson during the game. The Leafs will look to get things turned around on Sunday, as they travel to New York to play the Rangers.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 12 - 11:33 AM

There was some speculation Thursday that Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak did not work out as hard as they should have following injuries in training camp.

Some in the media further speculated that was why Kessel and Bozak looked a little sluggish against Montreal Wednesday night and did not play well at all. To that Kessel had a definitive retort. "You guys look at our test scores, ask (conditioning coach) Anthony Belza and then come talk to me and see where we rate. This was Game 1 and you guys need to relax a bit. Obviously, we want to be better, but there are 81 more left. It's a little too soon to jump on the gun here." Look for Kessel and company to bounce back Saturday night against the Penguins.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 11 - 11:34 AM

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle wants to see a much better effort from his top line on Saturday against Pittsburgh.

The trio of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk was outplayed during the team's season opener on Wednesday night versus Montreal. "It's part of their responsibility to play to a higher level," said Carlyle. The Leafs' top line excelled last season and Wednesday's sluggish start shouldn't be an issue as the season moves along.
Oct 10 - 11:12 AM

Phil Kessel won't play in Friday's preseason contest due to a lower-body injury.

Kessel's ailment isn't believed to be serious. He hasn't missed a regular season or playoff game over the last four campaigns.
Oct 3 - 12:37 PM

Phil Kessel exited Thursday's practice early because of "stiffness."

It wouldn't be surprising if he was held out of Friday's preseason game as a precaution, but he isn't expected to miss any additional time. The Leafs' sniper shouldn't last past the third round on draft day.
Oct 3 - 9:58 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist in Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.

Despite all the talk about Kessel’s terrible off-season conditioning habits, the 26-year-old continues to produce points. If he stays healthy, Kessel should hover around the point-per-game mark this season. James Van Riemsdyk scored the other goal for the Leafs. Peter Holland had the shootout winner.
Sep 28 - 10:13 PM

Phil Kessel believes the Leafs will be better prepared this year to avoid the late-season collapse the club suffered in 2013-14.

"We’ve got to be prepared for the long season, and we won’t go through one of those again," Kessel said. The reason for the sniper's optimism seems to be the depth acquisitions the team made over the summer, as Kessel pointed out when speaking with media. "This year we made some good additions and I think we improved as a team, and we’re going to be ready to go." Last season's struggles were hardly his fault, but he had a first-hand look at the team's trouble so we're inclined to believe he knows what he's talking about.
Aug 3 - 9:12 PM

Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs' were shut out by Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, effectively suffocating their faint hopes of making the playoffs.

Kessel and the top line hit a cold streak for the Leafs at a very crucial time in the season. In his past six games, the Leafs' sniper has three points despite managing 80 in as many games over the course of the season.
Apr 9 - 12:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Matt Frattin
3David Booth
4Daniel Winnik
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Brandon Kozun
6Richard Panik
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Jake Gardiner
3Cody Franson
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Stuart Percy
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer