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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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Phil Kessel picked up a goal and two assists in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The win allows the Penguins to knock off the Blue Jackets in just five games, which is pretty impressive considering they haven't had Kris Letang in their lineup. Kessel opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 9:07 mark of the first period before setting up goals by Bryan Rust (2-0) and Sidney Crosby (4-2). Kessel finished the series with eight points in five contests. You're all smiles if you picked Kessel in your playoff pool. Apr 20 - 9:43 PM

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Phil Kessel picked up three assists in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.

Kessel helped set up Patric Hornqvist's power play goal (3-1) in the second period, Ron Hainsey's goal (3-2) less than 10 minutes later and Jake Guentzel's shorthanded goal (5-4) in the third. Kessel finished the game with a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal in 20:21 of ice time. He has one goal and five assists in four games this postseason. The Penguins lead the series 3-1 with Game 5 going Thursday night in Pittsburgh.
Apr 18 - 11:12 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Despite being outshot 16-3 in the first period, the Pens were able to head into the first intermission with the score still tied 0-0. Pittsburgh had much more jump in the second frame as they outshot Columbus 16-4 and they managed to find the back of the net three times. Kessel picked up the primary assist on Bryan Rust's goal (1-0) before adding a power play goal 2:30 later (2-0). The Pens now lead the best-of-seven series 1-0. Game 2 will be played in Pittsburgh on Friday night.
Apr 12 - 10:34 PM

Phil Kessel scored his 23rd of the season on Saturday.

It was the first time in six games against Toronto that he has picked up a point since he was traded from the Maple Leafs. It was also his first goal in 11 games and only his second in the past 25. He has 69 points and leads the Penguins with 46 assists. He is a third round selection next season in pools that just use points as a category.
Apr 9 - 9:53 AM

Phil Kessel matched his career-high in assists during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes.

Kessel now has 45 helpers and 67 points in 78 games this season.
Apr 2 - 10:03 PM

Phil Kessel is closing in on his career-high in assists.

Kessel picked up his 41st helper and 63rd point of the season through 72 games during Sunday's 4-0 win over the Panthers. He needs just four more assists to match his career high in that department.
Mar 19 - 5:56 PM

The move to left wing on Friday proved beneficial to Phil Kessel.

Kessel had gone his last 13 games without finding the back of the net but that was not the case on Friday as Kessel potted his 22nd goal of the season. "I talked to him this morning," coach Mike Sullivan said. "I asked him how he liked playing the left side. He says, ‘Hey, I didn't mind it. It was a little bit different.' He likes coming down that off side. We'll see how it goes. It all depends on who we have available for our lineup and what kind of lines we put together, the lefty-righty thing, who's comfortable where. But it is encouraging to know we can use Phil on both sides." Kessel has 62 points in 70 games and is also a must start in pools.
Mar 19 - 7:09 AM

Phil Kessel is only two games away from playing in 600 consecutive games.

Tuesday in Buffalo will be the game that Kessel hits the number that only 10 previous NHLers have accomplished. Kessel is doing so on an injury riddled Penguins squad who are missing seven players at this time from their regular lineup. Kessel is having another big season with 22 goals and 62 points in 70 games. He should be in someone's lineup in all formats of fantasy hockey.
Mar 18 - 8:51 AM

Phil Kessel recorded an assist in the Penguins' 7-4 win over Winnipeg on Wednesday.

Kessel is on a three-game point streak. He has 21 goals and 60 points in 65 games this season. He's just six assists away from his career-high set in 2011-12.
Mar 9 - 6:13 AM

Phil Kessel had an assist Sunday and it gave him 59 points on the season.

That's what Kessel accomplished last season in a full year so he should get to the 70-75 point mark this season barring an injury. Kessel is having a strong year and the Penguins made a great trade for him with Toronto in the summer of 2015. He is a must start.
Mar 6 - 9:30 AM

Phil Kessel contributed two assists in a 5-2 win against Tampa Bay on Friday night.

Kessel had the primary helper on a pair of goals by Evgeni Malkin in the contest. He has chipped in three assists during his seven-game goalless skid.
Mar 4 - 10:19 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal in a 4-3 overtime win against Winnipeg.

Kessel has found the back of the net for four straight games. He's up to 21 goals and 55 points in 56 games this season.
Feb 17 - 5:40 AM

Phil Kessel found the back of the net in a 4-0 win over Vancouver Tuesday night.

Kessel has scored a goal in each of his last three games. He has 20 goals and 54 points in 55 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 15 - 5:51 AM

Phil Kessel scored and picked up an assist in the Penguins 4-1 win over Colorado on Thursday.

Kessel is up to 18 goals and 52 points now in 53 games. Considering he only ha 59 points in 82 games last season, he on pretty good run. He's on pace to match his career-best season of 82 points he had back in '13-14 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matt Cullen picked up three assists in the win and Patric Hornqvist had two goals.
Feb 10 - 12:32 AM

Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-3 OT win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kessel picked up the first goal of the game at the 13:37 mark if the first period, he registered an assist on Nick Bonino's goal in the second frame and he scored the game-winner in overtime. Kessel finished the game with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 19:34 of ice time. He's up to 17 goals and 50 points in 50 games this season.
Feb 3 - 10:18 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Nick Bonino
4Matt Cullen
5Jake Guentzel
6Scott Wilson
LW1Chris Kunitz
2Carl Hagelin
3Conor Sheary
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Bryan Rust
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Carter Rowney
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Trevor Daley
4Mark Streit
5Ron Hainsey
6Olli Maatta
7Ian Cole
8Brian Dumoulin
9Chad Ruhwedel
G1Matt Murray
2Marc-Andre Fleury
3Tristan Jarry