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81 Phil Kessel RW
Height/Weight: 6-0/202 | Birthdate: 10/2/1987 | Birthplace: Madison, WI, USA | Team: Pittsburgh Penguins | College: Minnesota | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $5,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/72 | Average Draft Position: 19.83
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7/1/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Kessel Traded To Penguins

News: The Maple Leafs traded Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and a 2016 second-round pick to Pittsburgh on Wednesday in exchange for Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington and first- and third-round draft picks in 2016, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Analysis: Phil Kessel, who is coming off a season in which he notched 25 goals and 61 points in 82 games with the Leafs, to go along with a minus-34 rating, should benefit greatly from the change of scenery. While some may question his level of fitness and tenacity at times, Kessel remains a premier sniper at the NHL level and given his new team context, a 2015-16 bounce-back seems like a probable outcome for the 27-year-old, a dynamic talent when he is on top of his game. Contract-wise, Kessel is in the second year of an eight-year deal that carries an average salary cap hit of $8 million per season, but the Leafs have retained 15 per cent of that ($1.2 million). The Pens hit is just $6.8 million.

4/8/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: Goal Drought At 11 Games

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Goal Drought At 11 Games

News: Phil Kessel fired six shots in Toronto's loss to Columbus on Wedneday night, but failed to find the net. His goal drought now stands at 11 games.
Analysis: He now has one goal in his last 20 games. He has just 24 goals and 35 assists in 81 games and this season will be the first time (other than the lockout shortened year) he fails to record 30 goals since 2007-08. He'll be better next year; he's too talented not to be. But his 2014-15 hangs like an anchor around every fantasy owner's neck. Just move on ... this year.

4/1/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Gets Two More Assists

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Two More Assists

News: Phil Kessel picked up two assists in Wednesday's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Yes, a loss to the Sabres. But at least he finished plus-2, something that hasn't happened much in 2015. He does have five assists in his last three games, so maybe he will finish the year with a flourish. Roll the dice.

3/28/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Trio Of Helpers

News: Phil Kessel had a three-assist night against the Senators on Saturday night. It was his first multi-point game since Feb. 26.
Analysis: Phil hasn't been much of a thrill in 2015, what with the Leafs in an absolute free fall. He has just 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 38 games since the calendar flipped. He's a hard man to sit, but even harder to activate. Next year? Maybe.

3/23/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Six Shots And More Engaged In Play

News: Kesel was held off the scoresheet Monday against Minnesota, but fired six shots and appeared to be more engaged in the play than he has been in months.
Analysis: This is great news for his beleaguered owners, who have grown frustrated waiting for the talented winger to get back into his scoring ways. Maybe he'll finish with a flourish.

3/14/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Gets Goal, But Has Just 7 In Last 39

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Goal, But Has Just 7 In Last 39

News: Phil Kessel scored the Leafs' only goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Canucks. He notched the snipe on a penalty shot.
Analysis: It's his 24th of the season, but just his seventh in his last 39 games. Yes, you read that right. He had 17 in his first 31 and appeared to be on track for his first 45 goal season. Now, he'll be lucky to hit 27. He just can't pull himself out of his funk, so reserve him and pray next year will be better.

3/11/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: Assist, But Still In Slump

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Assist, But Still In Slump

News: Phil Kessel picked up an assist in Wednesday's shootout win over Buffalo. He has just five points in his last 14 games.
Analysis: He's minus-12 and the Leafs have won just four times in that span. The team is struggling and even Phil isn't much of a Thrill, despite all that skill. He's better served on your bench right now.

3/3/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: Just 10 Points In Last 26 Games

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: Just 10 Points In Last 26 Games

News: Phil Kessel picked up an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Panthers.
Analysis: Phil's been less than a thrill lately -- he has just four points in his last 10 games and 10 in 26. Yes, you read that right. That 10 in 26 games is a 32-point pace. He's better than this, but this slump should mean he's picking splinters out of his butt on the fantasy sidelines.

2/26/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: First Multi-Point Night Since Jan 9

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: First Multi-Point Night Since Jan 9

News: Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: It's Phil's first multi-point game since Jan. 9 -- yes, it's been that long. He typically goes on streaks, so pray he does now. This prolonged slump (nine points in 22 games) is making fantasy owners suffer miserably.

2/10/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Demoted To Fourth Line

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Demoted To Fourth Line

News: Phil Kessel saw just 12:57 of action in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. His ice time in the first two periods was under 7:30.
Analysis: He finished minus-4 and was clearly disinterested in backchecking, coasting in straight-legged after goals were scored on James Reimer. So coach Peter Horachek shuffled the sniper to the fourth line. We'll see how long this lasts or if it even registers with the enigmatic winger.

2/7/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Goal On Six Shots

News: Phil Kessel fired six shots on net and found twine once in the Leafs' 5-1 win over the Oilers on Saturday night.
Analysis: He looked more like the Phil Kessel of old during the game. The goal lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and he's now got a point in each of his last two games. The victory snapped an franchise worst 11-game losing streak, so fingers crossed the team starts its climb back up. His owners need that -- he has just six points in his last 16 games.

2/7/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Picks Up Power-Play Assist

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Picks Up Power-Play Assist

News: Phil Kessel recorded a power-play assist in Friday's loss to the Devils.
Analysis: Phil Kessel found Tyler Bozak for the Leafs' only goal in their 11th straight loss. The star winger has put just two shots on goal over the last two games and doesn't seem to be playing with much motivation right now. Since the start of January, he's accrued only two goals and three assists over 16 games.

1/29/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: First Even-Strength Goal In 40+Days

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: First Even-Strength Goal In 40+Days

News: Phil Kessel snapped a seven-game goal drought with his 20th of the season in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.
Analysis: It was his first even-strength goal since Dec. 16 -- it came against the struggling Mike Smith, who gave Phil Kessel the five hole. Fingers' crossed this is the start of a solid offensive rebound.

1/28/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: No Points, Mired In Deep Slump

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: No Points, Mired In Deep Slump

News: Phil Kessel fired four shots, but failed to pick up a point in Wednesday's shootout loss to New Jersey. He has not scored an even-strength goal since Dec. 16.
Analysis: This has to be the worst slump of his career. He does have 13 points in the last 19 games, but just three (one goal, two assists) in 11 games since the calendar flipped to 2015. He's too talented to stay this cold, but his owners may be impatient. Keeper owners may be able to acquire him a little easier in trade as a result. It's worth asking.

1/20/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Mired In Slump

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Mired In Slump

News: Phil Kessel has just two points -- a goal and an assist -- and is minus-10 in his last nine games.
Analysis: Prior to this slump, he had 41 points in 38 games and hovered near the top of league scoring. Now, his name swirls in trade rumors and he's unfairly being blamed for the Leafs' current skid. Phil Kessel remains an excellent fantasy play and will rebound from this slump. He may be available for the taking in a trade, especially from a frustrated Leafs' fan in a keeper format. Target him for the long term.

1/17/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Slumping In New Defensive System

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Slumping In New Defensive System

News: Phil Kessel was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to the Blues. It was the fourth straight game that he was held without a point.
Analysis: He has just two points -- both in the same game -- in six games since coach Randy Carlyle was fired. We have to wonder about his ability to fit into the Leafs' new defensive scheme -- he's getting back defensively, but he seems tentative in the offensive zone. Hopefully he can get things figured out soon. The Leafs and fantasy owners alike need that. Bad.

1/10/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Kessel Lone Leaf Selected For All-Star Game

News: Phil Kessel will be the Maple Leafs' only representative at the 2015 NHL All-Star game in Columbus on Jan. 25.
Analysis: Heading into action Saturday, he was tied with Sidney Crosby and Vladimir Tarasenko for eighth in league scoring with 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists). He has been one of the NHL's most consistent and durable performers over the last five or six years and is well deserving of this honor (despite the protests of some fans).

1/10/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Snipes 19th Goal

News: Phil Kessel potted his 19th goal of the season, dished out an assist and recorded seven shots on goal in Friday's win over Columbus.
Analysis: After going three straight games without a point, Phil Kessel got back on track Friday. The 27-year-old now has 19 goals and 43 points in 42 games, ranking him eighth in league scoring. With 14 multi-point games and the likelihood of another 80-point season, Kessel is simply a must-start every game.

1/7/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Called

News: Phil Kessel, who has just one goal in the last 10 games, was called out Tuesday by former Leafs' coach Ron Wilson as "uncoachable," unreliable and moody on TSN 1050 Toronto.
Analysis: Phil Kessel lost it on a Toronto Star reporter on Tuesday, accusing the reporter of suggesting he was the reason that coach Randy Carlyle was fired. Kessel has always been talented, but enigmatic, and lately, he's been accused of beating to his own drum inside a team structure. Fantasy owners don't mind that so much, as long as he's producing. But he's slumping a bit right now. He needs to pick things up to show fans, media and fantasy owners that the criticism is ill-founded.

12/31/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Two Points Give Leafs' Kessel 12 In Last 10 Games

Phil Kessel

Two Points Give Leafs' Kessel 12 In Last 10 Games

News: Phil Kessel notched a power-play goal and added an assist in Wednesday's shootout win over the Bruins. The goal was his first in seven games.
Analysis: He's still been getting points -- he now has 12, including nine assists, in his last 10 games. You know what to do.

12/29/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel: 10 Points In Last 10 Games

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel: 10 Points In Last 10 Games

News: Phil Kessel's assist Monday was his 10th point in his last 10 games. However, he hasn't scored a goal in six games.
Analysis: Snipers often go stretches without scoring, so not to worry -- he's still delivering points. His 39 points in 37 games put him squarely in the league's top-10 scorers. Use him well.

12/23/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT Leafs' Kessel Gets Two More Helpers

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets Two More Helpers

News: Phil Kessel picked up two more assists, this time in a 4-0 win over the Stars on Tuesday night. He now has seven points, including five assists, in his last five games.
Analysis: He has 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games this season, a pace that would see him deliver a career-best 89 points if he keeps it up. It should be noted that 15 of those points have come on the power play -- that's remarkable given that he only tallied 20 points there in 82 games last season. Stick him in your lineup and forget about him.

12/21/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, PIT

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, PIT 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, PIT 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.