Phil Kessel: Absolutely Killing It

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Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

This is amazing: With another multipoint game last night versus the Florida Panthers, marking his 18th and 19th points in his past 11 games, Phil Kessel now sits fourth in points over the past three seasons. He’s only four points back of first-placed Evgeni Malkin, meaning Kessel becoming the scoringest player in the National Hockey League in the past three seasons (start of 2011-12 to current) is an actual possibility, should he finish the season strong (-er than the other guys).

RkPlayerGPGAPTSSS%
1Evgeni Malkin1487312019356412.9
2John Tavares1858211019262413.1
3Claude Giroux1795713419152610.8
4Phil Kessel1858410518966512.6
5Martin St. Louis1786711918644015.2
6Patrick Kane1857111018157412.4
7Steven Stamkos1471037417752019.8
8Alex Ovechkin1751086817679613.6
9Joe Thornton1843313917230910.7
10Sidney Crosby1115011716737213.4

Un-frickin’-real, and it speaks to the evolution of this complete, elite offensive threat, as he’s also in the top-15 in assists over the past three seasons (tied for 14th with 105). Kessel’s 84 goals since October, 2011 place him third behind only Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin. This is about as consistent as one can be.

Taking it back to 2008-09, Kessel is tied for 5th in goals in the past five years (behind only Marleau, Perry, Stamkos, Ovechkin). This would include dark periods for his team such as when he was playing with Tyler Bozak as a rookie and Joey Crabb on his opposite wing.

courtesy @ryanclassic

As we’re getting into the Olympic spirit, Phil Kessel is also the top American goal scorer over those five seasons with 182 goals, leading next-best Bobby Ryan by a wide margin of 21 goals. He is the second-highest American point scorer in the past five years with 368, behind only Patrick Kane. He is first, ahead of Kane, in point scoring among Americans since the start of the 2011-12 season.

As good day as any to stop by the Temple of The Phil and pay your respects.

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  • Burtonboy

    He’s the Boss Hawg on this team, no freakin doubt about it

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    LOL at the quarter. haha priceless. literally

  • The Truth Hurts

    Remember when we lost this trade?

  • Mind Bomb

    The Truth Hurts  Nope :)

  • Burtonboy

    The Truth Hurts  Paging Andrew R :)))))

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy The Truth Hurts  hhaha he is still trying to re-aquire Stalberg and Stralman

  • Reimocerous

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy The Truth Hurts But when Stahlberg becomes the next Lidstrom …

  • MaxwellHowe

    The Truth Hurts Only lost it insofar as reports surfaced indicating Bruins woulda taken one first round pick AND Kaberle, instead of two first round picks.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TheCanucksnaphook the rich getting richer

  • The Truth Hurts

    Burtonboy The Truth HurtsWhat happened to Andrew R and what was his other name?

  • Mind Bomb

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy  Who cares, and Loser !

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    TheCanucksnaphook  if stewarts comin east , i hope its toronto ..

  • vinoa

    TheCanucksnaphook  Would the rags really move Callahan when they’re in the playoff race?

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy  people stopped buyin newspapers , cant afford the internet …..

  • The Truth Hurts

    unclejakescards The Truth HurtsBurtonboyI recall him telling me he was some business genius one night.

  • Burtonboy

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy  Didn’t know he had an alias lol

  • MaxwellHowe

    vinoa TheCanucksnaphook  If the Blues can’t win it I’m cheering for the Blues, their fans have waited forever.  All they get to see in terms of Stanley Cup history is Bobby Orr flying thru the air 50 times a year.

    Blues should make an effort to get Callahan and then trade for Ryan Miller.  Juggernaut

  • The Truth Hurts

    Burtonboy The Truth HurtsYeah yeah it started with a C I just cant remember. keon may know but Jordan hid him somewhere.

  • The Truth Hurts

    CanuckUKinToronto The Truth HurtsunclejakescardsBurtonboyYep ha hahahaha

  • Mind Bomb

    vinoa TheCanucksnaphook   He is asking a lot from what I have read, up to 6 X 6 

    And if they get a player back, like stewart I can see them doing it,  If its for Picks/prospect, I think they go for it and keep him

  • Sundin_13

    Numbers don’t lie lol haha now nobody talks about the Boston trade…where are all the  Kessel haters at???

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook  The Rags are cutting the very fabric out of that team . Dubinsky , Proust and now Callahan .

  • Mind Bomb

    The Truth Hurts Burtonboy   Did it end with a T and have a U in it some where ? :)))

  • The Truth Hurts

    Mind Bomb The Truth HurtsBurtonboyBaHAHA nah

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    https://twitter.com/Leafs4Life_Keonhttps://twitter.com/Leafs4Life_Keon/status/429274111802490880
    4 years ago on this date was a very interesting, suddenly not so sleepy Sunday morning. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Phaneuftrade&src=hash

  • The Truth Hurts

    unclejakescards He’s alive, he’s alive, he’s alive.

  • GiuseppeM

    And do you all recall that no goals in 10 game streak where Doug MacLean suggested we might get a 2nd rounder for him

    IDIOTS, every last one of them. Seguin and Hamilton will do that everyday and twice on Sunday!!!!!!!!!

  • wendelsfist

    Marlies tonight.  That’s what I’ll be watching

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy   Its ok they won the Richards sweepstakes :)

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    Mind Bomb TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  callahan has 9 g and 20 points this season . and asks for 6 mil per ? if thats true , id trade his ass too …

  • Jon5200

    I have saved ALL those funny/crazy kessel pictures, including the coin above, in a file……my fellow Leaf fans here at work LUV them…….they are hilarious……my favorite is when he had his hat trick vs the ducks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4evrblue

    Awesome writeup writeup. Long live The Thrill!!!!!!

  • Mind Bomb

    unclejakescards Mind Bomb TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy  

    Its the intangables, like Clarkson :)

  • Sundin_13

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL4-CPY1Eso

  • http://www.unclejakescards.ca/ unclejakescards

    TheCanucksnaphook unclejakescards Mind Bomb Burtonboy  sure, but not at 6 mil . 4-4.5 at most . hes never been a big scorer.

  • Mind Bomb

    Sundin_13  I liked this one bro

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zh1szSHbyM

  • Mind Bomb

    unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Aye thats whu the Rags will move on with out him i Bet

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    CanuckUKinToronto GiuseppeM  According to HockeyDB, he is in the AHL.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Doit4Dougie

    GiuseppeM  Honestly, Doug Maclean is a joke, he has no idea what the fuck he is talking about half the time. He just gets on air and pipes off all seriously so people will think he is legit. Ship that fuck to the KHL to talk all the shit he wants. Kipper to.

  • vinoa

    unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb Burtonboy  Yeah if Clarkson’s worth $5million+ then Callahan’s gonna get $6.

  • 4evrblue

    Mind Bomb Sundin_13hahahaha “he looks like a fuckin wookie on skates!!”

  • Mind Bomb

    vinoa unclejakescards TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb Burtonboy   And an Edmonton or another desparate team will pay it

  • Mind Bomb

    Gilbey93 Mind Bomb Sundin_13  That was my Favorite as well

  • vinoa

    Mind Bomb Sundin_13  This guy reminds me of Ricky from TPB lol

  • vinoa

    Mind Bomb Sundin_13  “That’s what Ron does best. He blames the players.” Lmao!!!

  • HeatherRickAkin

    As I watch Kessel it occurs to me that we don’t need a #1C…we have one …its Phil Kessel. I think Brian Burke in describing Paul Kariya said “he is a left winger, but once he crosses the blueline, he is, for all intents and purposes, a centre” . I see Kessel exactly that way . He comes across the blueline with the puck , almost slows to a stop and looks around . But, his feet never stop moving, he can turn on a dime, and he has great hands , and vision. Bozie and JvR are good with the puck too, but Phil is the playmaker. And he can thread the puck through the eye of a needle, so he is, at the same time, a great finisher . He is elite . No more needs to be said.

  • 4evrblue

    vinoa Mind BombSundin_13 it’s funny because theres truth to it lol

  • Ze_theLeafsFan

    CanuckUKinToronto Ze_theLeafsFan GiuseppeM  He is still young. He will likely be a decent 3rd line centre.

  • vinoa

    4evrblue vinoa Mind Bomb Sundin_13  That line literally had me on the floor. Good laugh in the morning.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Good point