Earlier today we were gifted this most glamourous of shots. Wyatt Arndt has set the bar pretty high with his Kesselquin Romance series, but that’s no reason we can’t pile on. If you want to join the photochopping party, hack away at the picture above. Below is my “Phil Kessel is America” series, and a couple of bonus chops. If you’re feeling up to it throw yours in the comment section.
A slightly less ridiculous American Uniform
My Spirit Animal
Was there ever any doubt who the Greatest American Hero is?
Phil Kessel, Fuck Yeah!
And now a few leftovers
I’ve just always thought Phil Kessel resembles a Peanuts character
A commentary on the contract negotiation process?
Any word yet whether the Rookie Tournament games will be broadcast?
I know the replays have been played on Leafs TV after the games are over (10PM), but it'd be nice if they showed them live.
Kadri: Ball’s in the Leafs’ court. Video
@mattobv "Im still pretty bitter, obvioulsy a huge grabo fan, and very skeptical about Kadri."
Loved Grabo but this is just plain silly. In Grabo's best year as an NHL player he scored 58 points in 81 games as a 27 year old which is on a 34 point pace for a 48 game season.
Kadri in his first full NHL season as a 22 year old scores 44 points in a 48 game season.
Fuck the pure stats though. Having watched Kadri play over parts of 3 seasons do your eyes not tell you that this guy just reeks of pure skill? We have a guy that is quite likely our long lost 1C in front of our faces and his name sure as hell isn't Mikhail.
And fuck the pure skill, when it comes to heart, grit and nastiness he throws some big time body checks and the good news is more often than not they're against a scab.
Beat me to it
Greg Brady is not really with it. I feel for him; there's eff-all to talk about, but this is just stirring up controversy where there isn't any.
-----Phil Kessel wants to be a Maple Leaf for life
February 13, 2013
Said Wade Arnott:
“Phil (Kessel) is still a really young man,” Arnott told the SportsNet Fan590. “He really enjoys living in Toronto and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
“This young man lives and breathes hockey. He was very excited to come here four years ago. I think if you asked Phil today, he’d love to finish his career here in Toronto. But it’s still young in his career right now.”
“Phil would like nothing more than to help the Maple Leafs make the playoffs. He wants to experience playoff hockey here in Toronto,” said Arnott. “That’s the first step to winning a potential Stanley Cup here in Toronto.
“He was very disappointed last year. They had a very good start to the season. They were in a playoff position at the turn of the calendar year and unfortunately the last third of the season didn’t go well.”
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan And if he starts the season the way he ended the last, his price will rise and rise. Nonis might get his best deal now.
@TheCanucksnaphook you would :)
@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan cookies keep kessel happy, happy kessel scores more goals lol
Is that shirt he's wearing Maple Leafs blue?
The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the 2013 Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario.
This year, Maple Leafs’ prospects will compete in three games at Budweiser Gardens beginning Thursday, September 5 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.
“The Maple Leafs are thrilled to return to a great hockey city like London for the annual Rookie Tournament,” said Leafs Senior Vice-President and General Manager David Nonis. “It’s a great opportunity for us to evaluate the players in our system against their peers from other NHL clubs.”
Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Chicago’s 2013 Rookie Tournament rosters will be announced at a later date.
@Burtonboy naz doesnt seem too worried
The kid has had one good half season, playin sheltered minutes, with proven top 6 talent on his wings. His last 19 games he was mediocre at best, and hardly noticeable in the playoffs.
All I'm saying is everyone is boosting Kadri as the saviour of our franchise , lets see him play 82 games first.
Also not taken into consideration, is that Grabo is trending sharply downwards in his career right now.
He's turning 30 this year and not getting any better.
"So, too, would another trip to the playoffs in a city Kessel says has grown on him over the years. The golf lover regularly tees it up at several of the top private clubs in the GTA and, on Wednesday, hosts a charity poker and golf event at Brampton’s Turnberry Golf Club. He says he has developed friendships outside of the Leafs’ dressing room and, despite his introverted ways, he says he appreciates the hockey-mad fan base.
“It was unbelievable, obviously,” Kessel said of the long-awaited playoff run. “The fans were amazing, the support was great. It was so much fun playing in Toronto during the playoffs. They got a taste of it and they want to keep it going. And so do we.”
It will be interesting to see how Leafs general manager Dave Nonis approaches Kessel’s status in the coming months. He has stated publicly that extending Kessel and captain Dion Phaneuf is not a high priority right now and ongoing cap restraints are a concern.
But that urgency will increase once the season starts.
The longer it goes on and the more Kessel produces, the more it becomes a potential for distraction. Remember that when Burke traded for and signed him, he never expected it would take until Year 4 of the contract to make it to the playoffs. Now that the team is headed in the right direction, losing him would be a huge blow.
Kessel has been around Toronto long enough to recognize the anticipation that will come with the rapidly approaching new season. But if he is indeed comfortable in the city, will he respond to that challenge, much as he did in the playoffs?
“I’m sure (expectations) have gone up,” Kessel said on Tuesday during a lengthy chat with a handful of reporters. “We had a good run. Obviously, it fell short. I think we had decent success as a team last year and we’ll see how it goes. Adding (David Clarkson and David Bolland) is going to improve our team.
“I love Toronto. It’s a great city and I love playing for the team.”
Shirts are for losers.
Well, that sucks, considering I'm with Bell, haha.
Hopefully Leafs TV shows the replays again this year. (I'll just have to stay away from the site until I'm doing watching the games)
@mattobv Kadri is the only Leaf with whom every other player was more productive with than without. Including Phil. This was the beginning, and he will get even better.
Pretty sure his late season slump coincides with Lups second injury too.
While he did play sheltered minutes to an extent, it's also true many of those minutes were with less than great wingers, and he also went head to head with guys such as Stamkos and Tavares on many occasions. I don't claim to know the stats for each and every game, but I do know he held Stamkos shotless, and his hat trick against the Isles was while going head to head against Tavares.
And Declan that's absurd, just because a guy is over 30 doesn't mean his production falls off a cliff. Sure when you average the entire league that might be true, but to say a players career is trending sharply downward because he just had his 30th birthday is hilariously ignorant.
There are numerous ways to estimate the age at which NHL players peak. You could, for example, count all games played by players at each age or count the number of players at each age and assume that the largest number corresponds to the age at which player skills peak. This method is heavily impacted by the group of players who are chosen - if players with short careers are included, the peak age is skewed low because younger players play on potential and leave the league if they don't impress during a tryout; if only players with long careers are used, the peak age is skewed high by a bias towards players who avoid injury.
One way to avoid this is to include all players and account for their performance in leagues below the NHL. For my sample, I looked at all NHL players born 1962-79 who played exclusively in the NHL, AHL or IHL from Age 21 to Age 29. I assumed that AHL and IHL points were worth 45% of an NHL point. The average points-per-game at each age came out as follows:
The peak age is just slightly more than 25. The peak age actually falls at approximately 25 for a wide range of NHL equivalencies for the minors. This is also roughly the same result as you get if you restrict your dataset solely to players with careers longer than 200 games and you look at the number of NHL games played at each age. Other methods don't give substantially divergent results - even the most or least restrictive datasets result in peaks between age 24 and 26.
Half the problem with the buyout moaning and groaning was that he was a fancystat wunderkind.
Man, does Kessel ever sound pissed.
Sounds good but it woud have to be a weekend game for me to go to TO.
We tried to organize one at Scallywags last year, but that went pear shaped.
He's a good buddy and he said we could do a 3-on-3 floor hockey tournament on the top floor, if we wanted to (its more than big enough) and book it off for us.
Tried to get the Leafs to help out, but they were decidedly difficult (as usual).
What about a MLHSers training camp when the rookies are playing in London?
Prior to last season he had his best season, playing with fringe 2nd line players. Last season his struggles were well documented , stomach problem, playing in a shutdown role, taking only 37% of his draws in the Ozone. It was definitely an outlier. Now he is gonna be the 2C on a potent Washington offence, I'd say he is definitely trending up. Will be interesting to see how Kadri and grabo stack up this year.
I would be more interested to see how top line talent fares in statistics like this rather than have them thrown in the calculation with hundreds of Joey Crabs since it's all about points.
Would you say that his career is trending sharply upwards? Would you say it's plateaued?
Curious to hear your thoughts.