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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%: 99/81 | Average Draft Position: 19.83
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2/26/2015

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR 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, TOR 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

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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, TOR 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, TOR 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, TOR 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, TOR 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, TOR 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

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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, TOR

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, TOR

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, TOR 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, TOR 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, TOR 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

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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.
Analysis: 

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

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

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

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

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

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

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.