Player Page

Phil Kessel | Winger

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Thre is some talk that it may be better for new Maple Leaf coach Mike Babcock to work with Phil Kessel this season rather than trade him before the campaign starts.
Damian Cox of the Toronto Star quite rightly points out that Kessel's trade value is at an all-time low. He also reminds us that Babcock has had some success with challenging and/or quirky-type players in the past. If Babcock can get the best out of Kessel, which could be considerable, then it might be better for the Buds to keep their inconsistent star until his value increases for trade or he is actually able to help the club as a better two-way player. May 23 - 10:30 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


The Toronto Maple Leafs will not keep Gord Dineen on as the AHL Marlies' head coach.

Dineen has been given the option to stay as an associate coach though. This is the latest move in Toronto's attempt to dramatically remake the franchise from a management and front office perspective. It wouldn't be surprising to see Toronto also make some major roster moves too over the summer.
May 19 - 3:58 PM

Phil Kessel tallied two points in the Maple Leafs’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

Kessel scored his 25th in the first period and assisted on Tyler Bozak’s goal in the second. Kessel very well may have played his final game for the Leafs. He had 25 goals and 61 points this year. Bozak also had an assist. Casey Bailey scored the other goal, the first of his career.
Apr 11 - 10:21 PM

After assisting on three goals in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Ottawa, Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel came up with two assists in Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Sabres in Buffalo.

That gives Kessel 35 assists on the season. Tyler Bozak also had two assists for the Leafs in the loss, giving him 25 for the season. Toronto's goal scorers were Eric Brewer (third), James van Riemsdyk (25th) and Nazem Kadri (18th). The Leafs blew a 3-1 lead in this one.
Apr 1 - 10:38 PM

Phil Kessel had three assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators.

The Leafs' top forward has been going through a tough stretch in the last little while so fantasy owners will welcome the big offensive production. Kessel picked up the assists on Tyler Bozak's first two goals (he finished the night with three) and he also assisted on Eric Brewer's game-winning goal in overtime. The 27-year-old had no points in his previous four contests. Kessel now has 24 goals and 57 points in 76 games this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 29 - 10:31 AM

Phil Kessel now has the worst plus-minus in the NHL after going-3 in Toronto's 4-1 loss to Florida on Thursday night.

The 27-year-old "superstar" has been the poster boy for the Leafs' spiral into last place, and for good reason. After contributing at over a point-per-game pace and owning a -4 rating from October to December, Kessel has just nine points in 36 games in the New Year and a -38 rating overall.
Mar 26 - 11:14 PM

Phil Kessel potted a goal via penalty shot for the Maple Leafs in their 4-1 loss to the Canucks on Saturday night.

Kessel has been very quiet on the ice lately. This was his first goal in nine games, and just his third point since the Feb. 26 game. Still, Kessel has 24 goals and 53 points, so his sixth 30-goal season is still within reach. Tyler Bozak finished with a minus-three rating in the loss.
Mar 14 - 10:42 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped a 4-0 decision to the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

The Leafs have now been shut out in back-to-back games against Montreal and Washington this weekend. Phil Kessel finished the game with a minus-1 rating and five shots on goal in just over 18 minutes of ice time. Toronto has now lost 16 straight games on the road.
Mar 1 - 9:51 PM

Phil Kessel's goal and assist on Thursday night lifted the Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers.

It was Kessel's first two-point effort since Jan. 9 and just his fifth and sixth points in that 19 games span. The Leafs' sniper, who has 50 points in 61 games this season, is looking to get back on his point-per-game track.
Feb 26 - 11:46 PM

Phil Kessel scored a goal for the Maple Leafs in a 3-2 loss to Florida on Tuesday.

The enigmatic winger notched his 22nd of the campaign late in the third period to snap a three-game goalless stretch, but the team's downward spiral continues. Tyler Bozak also scored for Toronto in the loss while Nazem Kadri registered two assists.
Feb 17 - 10:54 PM

It looks as if Phil Kessel will skate on the Maple Leafs' top line alongside Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk.

Toronto interim head coach Peter Horachek has reunited his top unit for the Hockey Night in Canada game Saturday night against arch-rival Montreal. Could Kessel and the Buds finally break out Saturday evening? Call us crazy but we think the top unit may be effective against the Habs.
Feb 14 - 12:19 PM

Phil Kessel has registered three goals and three assists in 16 games since Peter Horachek became the head coach of the Maple Leafs.

Toronto has posted a 2-13-1 record during that time. Kessel is one of many Leafs who is reportedly available for trade, but it would take a hefty package to acquire him. Despite his slump, the 27-year-old winger has 21 goals and 47 points in 56 contests.
Feb 13 - 10:16 AM

Phil Kessel skated on the fourth line during Wednesday's practice.

Kessel was also limited to just 12:57 minutes on Tuesday. The Maple Leafs have only won one of their last 13 games, so at this point, the attempts to shake the team up are getting dramatic. That being said, Kessel had a minus-four rating on Tuesday and only has six points in his last 17 games, so it's not like this is just about sending a message to his teammates.
Feb 11 - 12:51 PM

Phil Kessel logged just 12:57 of ice time in Toronto's 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.

He was demoted to the fourth line with Trevor Smith and David Booth during the third period. Kessel probably would've finished the game with less ice time, but the Leafs were looking for the tying goal late, so he played an extra two minutes. He finished the match with no points, one shot and a minus-4 rating.
Feb 11 - 11:03 AM

Phil Kessel notched a goal for the Maple Leafs as they blew out the Oilers 5-1 on Saturday night.

The Leafs scored three times in the second and two more times in the third period. Kessel picked up his 21st goal, and third point in his past five games. He now 47 points in 54 games, production that is not quite in line with expectations, although he’s just a hot streak away from getting to the point-per-game pace. Peter Holland (goal, assist), Morgan Rielly, Mike Santorelli and Richard Panik got the other goals. Jake Gardiner chipped in with two helpers.

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Peter Holland
4Trevor Smith
5Casey Bailey
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Joffrey Lupul
3Leo Komarov
4Zach Sill
RW1Phil Kessel
2Richard Panik
3David Booth
4Brandon Kozun
5Colton Orr
6Nathan Horton
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Morgan Rielly
3Jake Gardiner
4Roman Polak
5Stephane Robidas
6Eric Brewer
7Tim Erixon
8Andrew MacWilliam
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer