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81 Phil Kessel RW
Height/Weight: 6-0/202 | Birthdate: 10/2/1987 | Birthplace: Madison, WI, USA | Team: Toronto Maple Leafs | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 19.81
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12/21/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Assists Twice In Loss

News: Phil Kessel gathered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers.
Analysis: Because of the Leafs' horrid effort on the defensive end, Phil Kessel was saddled with a minus-2 rating for the night, marking the third negative rating he's taken in his last four games. Even so, fantasy owners likely drafted Kessel for his scoring ability, and he continues to do that about as well as could have been expected. He's notched 17 goals and 19 assists across his 33 games on the campaign.

12/16/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel: Tickles Twine Twice, Adds Assist

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Tickles Twine Twice, Adds Assist

News: Phil Kessel scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.
Analysis: Remarkably, the two even-strength points doubled his even-strength output from the previous 11 games. The so-called lack of even-strength production will drive Leafs' fans nuts, but make his fantasy owners flat-out giddy with the special-teams production. Phil Kessel is a fabulous fantasy play right now -- his current streak stands at five games and seven points, including four goals, and he has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his last nine contests.

12/14/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Kessel Delivering Consistent Offense For Leafs

Phil Kessel

Kessel Delivering Consistent Offense For Leafs

News: Phil Kessel's power-play assist in Sunday's win over the Kings extended his current point streak to four games and four points (two goals, two assists). He also has eight points in his last eight games.
Analysis: He's an offensive whiz, but not surprisingly, he won't help you with hits, blocked shots or plus-minus -- he's still in single digits in those first two categories and a negative integer in the other. He now has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games this season.

12/13/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Rocking Three-Game Streak

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Rocking Three-Game Streak

News: Phil Kessel picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's win over the Red Wings. He now has a point in each of his last three games and seven in his last seven.
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12/10/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel: Four Goals, Two Assists In Last Six

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Four Goals, Two Assists In Last Six

News: Phil Kessel scored the Leafs' lone goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Red Wings.
Analysis: He has at least a point in five of his last six games and has four goals and two assists in that span. There has been some thought that he's injured, but he hasn't missed a game. And it sure hasn't hurt his ability to put the puck in the net. Use him well.

12/4/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Gets Goal, But Is He Playing Hurt?

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Goal, But Is He Playing Hurt?

News: Phil Kessel scored his 13th goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Devils. He is now riding a three-game, four-point steak (two goals and two assists).
Analysis: He only played a hair over 16 minutes and looked stiff and sore at many points, including just after the goal -- his feet got caught and he tripped, twisted in the air and landed hard on his butt and tailbone. He'd been seen at the game-day skate trying to stretch out his hip flexors and back muscles. He's been very durable, but it's almost inevitable that his output will start to suffer at some point if he really is playing hurt. It's worth monitoring.

12/3/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Snaps Goal Drought

News: Phil Kessel found the back of the net for his 12th goal of the season in Tuesday's win over the Stars.
Analysis: The tally snapped a five-game goalless skid for Phil Kessel, who remained tied with Tyler Bozak for the team lead in goals after Bozak scored in the game's first minute. Kessel's tally came on the power play, where he hadn't notched a goal since Nov. 15.

11/21/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel (Stiff Neck) Will Play Saturday

News: Updating an earlier report, Phil Kessel will play Saturday despite leaving practice early with a stiff neck Friday, according to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.
Analysis: Phil Kessel has been extremely durable over his career. He seems to know when to pull back during practices to keep from himself ready for games. Keep him active for Saturday's game, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

11/21/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Leaves Practice Early

News: Phil Kessel left Friday's practice early and could be dealing with an injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: The early exit didn't seem to be merely the result of an equipment issue, so it's probably worth monitoring Phil Kessel's status heading into Saturday's game against the Red Wings. Kessel dealt with an undisclosed injury earlier this month but wasn't forced to miss any action because of it.

11/20/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets First Assist In Eight Games

News: Phil Kessel picked up an assist in Thursday's win over the Lightning. It was his first helper in eight games.
Analysis: He's still scoring goals, but it seems odd that this talented, yet underrated, playmaker hasn't gotten any helpers of late. And there was a funny Phil moment in the third -- Tyler Bozak set him up and he broke in toward Ben Bishop. But he actually missed his stick when he went to grip it with his bottom hand and ended up flubbing it toward the net. How do you miss your stick? Still, he remains in the NHL's to-five scorers and should do so in the foreseeable future.

11/15/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Gets Another Goal

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Another Goal

News: Phil Kessel snagged his 11th goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Sabres.
Analysis: He continues to put up great production this season and should be an automatic roll. But keep an eye on him -- he tweaked his right ankle on an odd turn deep in the Sabres' zone. He was able to continue to play, but it might keep him off the ice for a couple days.

11/12/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Scores Twice, Near Top Of League

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Scores Twice, Near Top Of League

News: Phil Kessel scored twice Wednesday in a 6-1 win over Boston. Both were scored off the rush and the second stood up as the game winner.
Analysis: He now has 10 goals and 11 assists in 16 games. He's tied with Tyler Seguin for third in NHL scoring and with Steven Stamkos for fourth in the NHL goal chase. He may have the best wrist shot in the NHL -- that release is unreal. #autoroll

11/8/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Stretches Streak To Six Games

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Stretches Streak To Six Games

News: Phil Kessel extended his point streak to six games and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Rangers. The goal came on the power play.
Analysis: He entered play Saturday third in the NHL in scoring. He now has 19 points in 14 games and is on pace to shatter his career mark of 82 points. Use him well.

11/8/2014

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Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel To Play Saturday

News: Coach Randy Carlyle said after Saturday's morning skate that Phil Kessel (undisclosed) would play later in the evening against the Rangers, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Analysis: Phil Kessel didn't take part in the morning session, but as Carlyle's words would suggest, it seems that he was only absence for maintenance purposes. While Kessel might not be 100 percent healthy entering Saturday's contest, fantasy owners aren't going to keep the point-per-game scorer on their bench.

11/8/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Absent From Morning Skate

News: Phil Kessel (undisclosed) was absent from the Maple Leafs' morning skate and appears uncertain to play Saturday against the Rangers, David Alter of MapleLeafs.com reports.
Analysis: Phil Kessel missed some time in the third period of Thursday's game against the Avalanche with an undisclosed ailment before returning later on in the contest, so it was believed that his injury wasn't overly concerning. However, after he was held out of Friday's practice for maintenance purposes and wasn't able to take part in Saturday's morning skate, it doesn't seem to be a given that Kessel will suit up Saturday. Further complicating matters is that the Leafs will be playing a weekend back-to-back, which would seem to put Kessel at more risk than normal of aggravating the injury. It would still seem probable that Kessel suits up Saturday, but his status likely won't be known officially until pregame warmups.

11/6/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel On Fire Over Last Five

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel On Fire Over Last Five

News: Phil Kessel notched a goal and an assist Thursday in Colorado, pushing his point streak to five games and 10 points.
Analysis: Though he tends to be streaky, and indeed has been to start this year, Phil Kessel's also looked more electric than ever in the early going. There aren't many better options on either wing.

11/4/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel: Streak At Four Games, Eight Points

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Streak At Four Games, Eight Points

News: Phil Kessel picked up two power-play assists in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Arizona. His point streak now stands at four games and eight points (two goals, six assists).
Analysis: This represents the Leafs' first loss of the season in which Phil Kessel has appeared on the scoresheet. He's among the league's top scorers, as usual, and should be an auto-play in all fantasy formats.

11/1/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Point Streak At Three Game

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Point Streak At Three Game

News: Phil Kessel stretched his point streak to three games and six points, including four assists, with a helper in Saturday's 3-2 win over Chicago.
Analysis: The Leafs go as Phil the Thrill goes, and they tend to win when he gets on the board. In fact, they've won every game this season where he's recorded a point and lost every one he hasn't. Despite his streakiness, Phil Kessel is on a 100-plus point pace. Use him well.

11/1/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel Nets Three Points In Win

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Nets Three Points In Win

News: Phil Kessel scored a goal and added two assists in Friday's win over Columbus.
Analysis: That's eight points in four games for Phil Kessel, who is red-hot. Through 10 games, the top-line winger has produced six goals and 13 points to go with a plus-1 rating. You know what to do.

10/29/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs Shuffle Lines, Kessel

News: In an effort to spark more offense, Phil Kessel will work on a line with Joffrey Lupul when the Leafs take on the Sabres on Tuesday night, The Buffalo News reports. Said coach Randy Carlyle, "They're offense and we'd like to stimulate some offense. You're doing it because you believe what's going on can't stay the same. You just can't continue to accept some of the things that are going on from an offensive standpoint."
Analysis: While Lupul and Nazim Kadri can be inconsistent, this also has the potential to be a pretty lethal line. The Sabres played well defensively in Saturday's win over the Sharks, but they've been brutal on that side of the ice (well, both sides) all season with 29 goals allowed. This is a good opportunity to see if this line is worth keeping together, and Phil Kessel should certainly be in your Tuesday lineups.

10/28/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Leafs' Kessel: Two Points Gives Five In Last Three

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Two Points Gives Five In Last Three

News: Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Sabres. He fired five shots on net.
Analysis: The goal was a fluke -- he banked it in off Michal Neuvirth from well behind the goal line -- but a goal is still a goal. He has 10 points in nine games so far this season; five of those points, including three goals, have come in the last three games. #autoroll

10/22/2014

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Phil Kessel

Wednesday's Game Postponed For Kessel, Leafs

News: Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs will not play Wednesday after their scheduled game against the Senators was postponed in light of the ongoing crisis in Ottawa, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Multiple gunmen reportedly fired shots Wednesday morning in the downtown area of the Canadian capital, with one shooter dead and possibly one or more still at large. With several government buildings on lockdown, safety will understandably take greater precedence than proceeding with the game as scheduled. The NHL has yet to announce a make-up date for the postponed contest.

10/21/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Notches Two Goals, Assist

News: Phil Kessel scored two goals, added an assist and finished plus-3 in a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday night.
Analysis: There really are fewer better off the rush than Phil the Thrill. And when he's on, so are the Leafs. His eight points (four goals, four assists) have all come in three of the team's first seven games, so it's a bit of a feast or famine. That means he's better in a total points league than in a weekly or daily format where he might explode ... or fizzle.

10/14/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR Kessel Nets Winner For Leafs

Phil Kessel

Kessel Nets Winner For Leafs

News: Phil Kessel scored the game-winning goal Tuesday on an solo rush in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche.
Analysis: He also picked up an assist and has five points, including two goals, in his last two games. He has historically run hot and cold, so enjoy this run.

10/12/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Adds Three Points In Win

News: Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists in the Leafs' 6-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Analysis: Phil Kessel was dealing with an undisclosed injury earlier in the week, but appears to be at full strength now. His goal came on the power play, the first in a five goal second period. Kessel seems primed for yet another big year this season.