Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
player photo
 
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%: 100/84 | Average Draft Position: 19.79
TOR

Latest Updates

 
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.

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

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

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

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

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.

10/8/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Finishes Minus-2

News: Phil Kessel (undisclosed) played more than 20 minutes Wednesday against Montreal. He finished minus-2 with two shots on goal.
Analysis: The Leafs would be best described as disjointed on the night and the top line was burned twice by opposing Habs. They finished minus-2. Phil Kessel was really moving on the ice, though, and was even found deep in his own zone, backchecking at times. Both are good signs. This will be a good year for Mr. Kessel.

10/6/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Practices

News: Phil Kessel (undisclosed) practiced with the team Monday, Mark Masters of TSN reports.
Analysis: The winger has been incredibly durable throughout his career, and his presence at practice means he'll probably be ready to go Wednesday for the season opener. Phil Kessel finished last season with 37 goals and 43 assists in 82 games.

10/4/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel (Lower Body) Leaves Practice Early

News: Phil Kessel (lower body) left practice early on Saturday, a day after sitting out the team's last preseason match, reports TSN.ca. "He's got a sore body part," was the explanation given Friday by head coach Randy Carlyle.
Analysis: Geez, those cryptic injury reports just keep getting worse, but at least this one elicited laughter. Phil Kessel hasn't missed a regular-season game in four years, so we fully expect him to be ready to go when the puck drops on the season.

10/3/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel (Lower Body) Sitting Out Friday

News: Phil Kessel (lower body) will not play in Friday's preseason finale, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis: Coach Randy Carlyle noted that he expects the team to be almost fully healthy by the Oct. 8 regular season opener, so it appears the Leafs are just exercising some precaution with their star winger. It's probably safe to pencil him in for another 35-goal, 80-point season again in 2014-15.

10/2/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Maple Leafs' Kessel Leaves Practice With Injury

News: Phil Kessel left Thursday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
Analysis: Head coach Randy Carlyle was vague when discussing Phil Kessel's health, so it's uncertain what type of issue he's dealing with. Expect Kessel's status to be updated as more details become available.

4/12/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Ends Season With 80 Points

News: Phil Kessel finished the season with 80 points, including 37 goals, in 82 games.
Analysis: He was held off the scoreboard in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Ottawa and had just two goals in his last 10 games. In fact, he had just seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last 16 games. Rest up, Phil -- next season should be better for your Leafs.

4/5/2014

Phil Kessel, RW, TOR

Phil Kessel

Leafs' Kessel Gets 37th Goal

News: Phil Kessel scored his first goal in six games in Saturday's loss to Winnipeg. The goal was his 37th of the season.
Analysis: He has three points in his last two games and 81 in 79 on the season. He's one of the league's best, but he needs more from his teammates to help carry the Leafs to a win.