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Phil Kessel | Winger | #81

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel notched his 600th career point during Friday's 6-2 loss to the Wild.
The point, a goal, gives him points in four of his last five games with seven overall in that span. For the season, he's now up to six goals and 21 points in 21 games. Kessel continues to rank 38th all-time in points by an American with 15 points to go before catching Chris Drury. Kessel ranks fifth however among active Americans, 22 behind Jason Pominville. Nov 25 - 9:13 PM

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Phil Kessel picked up a pair of assists Monday.

Kessel played alongside Evgeni Malkin and rookie Jake Guentzel who scored twice in his NHL debut. Kessel has only four goals in 19 games this season but has been more than contributing as he has 14 helpers. He is a must start and should start scoring soon.
Nov 22 - 8:59 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Kessel got the Penguins on the board with 3:32 remaining in the game and his team trailing 6-0 at the time. The Pens forward has four goals and 10 assists in 16 games this season. Kessel's picked up four points in his last four games.
Nov 16 - 10:42 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and two assists in Thursday's 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.

Two of Kessel's three points came on the power play, as he helped set up Patric Hornqvist's first period goal on the man-advantage and he added one of his own in the third period. Kessel also had the primary assist on Evgeni Malkin's go-ahead goal in the final frame. Kessel has now picked up at least one point in back-to-back games and three of his last four. The Pens winger has three goals and seven points in eight games in 2016-17.
Oct 27 - 9:55 PM

Phil Kessel registered an assist in a 3-2 win against San Jose on Thursday.

Kessel has two goals and three points in five contests in 2016-17. All of his points thus far have been recorded on the power play.
Oct 21 - 10:51 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 4-3 overtime loss to Colorado on Monday.

Kessel has now found the back of the net in back-to-back games. His marker on Monday was also the 275th of his career.
Oct 18 - 5:37 AM

Phil Kessel scored a power play goal at the 7:58 minute mark of the second period in Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

Kessel’s goal was the game winner. Ian Cole scored late in the first period with Conor Sheary sinking a puck at the 2:03 minute mark of the second. This was fourth straight home win by the Penguins over Anaheim.
Oct 15 - 11:08 PM

Phil Kessel made his preseason debut in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.

Kessel was making his way back from July hand surgery. He finished the game with a minus-2 rating, four shots on goal and one giveaway in 21:13 of ice time (6:21 of that was on the power play). On a positive note, it's good to know that Kessel will be ready for the regular season opener. Carter Rowney and Kris Letang found the back of the net for the Penguins in this one.
Oct 5 - 10:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Jake Guentzel
6Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Eric Fehr
4Conor Sheary
5Tom Sestito
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
D1Kris Letang
2Olli Maatta
3Brian Dumoulin
4Trevor Daley
5Justin Schultz
6Steven Oleksy
7Derrick Pouliot
8Ian Cole
G1Marc-Andre Fleury
2Matt Murray