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).
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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.
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.
Random stat about Phil Kessel his average shift length on the season is 50.35 seconds at 24 shifts per game
Crosby's is 54 seconds at 24 shifts per game
Tavares is at 56.6 seconds at 22 shifts per game.
Taylor Hall's shift length is 47 seconds so Eakins keeping a tight leash.
As I started adding up shift lengths I realized almost no correlation to anything except coaching tendencies but here are some stats.
I recall vividly watching the Stajan / Blake / Antro led Leafs give their all and come up short and wonder why oh fucking why the Leafs were unable to get elite caliber players.
Burke fixed that with one daring move. Ive never been a critic of the move or the player. Theres a spot for #81 reserved for the rafters already
I love Phil. The guy is one of the toughest players in the league. No he may not win every puck battle, he won't fight but the dude beat cancer and came back and is an eleite forward in the NHL, I ask how many players could do that? Nevermind all of the cancer charity work he does. The guy is a one of those people you just like because of everything he does. My Kessel jersey is proudly worn.
Something's rotten in the state of Toronto.
Leafs are making a lot of "anti-Carlyle" moves lately. Think Nonis is putting things back in his own hands?
Edmonton picked up Abney in the 3rd round. Thats just terrible drafting. A tough guy in the 3rd round that is having trouble cracking the AHL.
I wish Fraser all the best in Edmonton. Nothing but respect for the man. Sorry to see him go but happy he will go somewhere to have a chance to play.
someone correct me if im wrong , but i dont think hartkinain is under any contract , just have rights ....like komorov
@Savo43 No we dealt Fraser for cap relief.
@Zep2 can you imagine how painfully bad his banner raising speech will be??? haha
@Zep2 Great guy and awesome player
@twitting_sg Hopefully they put us on our heels. Good olympics for them, translates to good possibilities for the Leafs future. Hate to say it like this...bt ive already seen Canada win gold. Its that stanley cup though...thats what i want!!
@steele123 Mine too! Though I couldn't wear for it about five months after Game 7 last year. That's all in the past...
@Anthony Petrielli Well it seems to be a move to free up cap space for Bolland, and if Carlyle had to choose between Bolland and Fraser.....
@Anthony Petrielli Its debatable, stripping awy an option yes, but if he is not playing mineswell move him, personally i think ranger is ahead of fraser, or was, in the depth chart anyways
@Anthony Petrielli I believe that as well. Next we will probably see at least McLaren and maybe Orr getting moved or demoted
@Anthony Petrielli This is not an anti -Caryle move. Caryle wasn't even playing the guy.
@Anthony Petrielli Stripping away his options, that's for sure.
@4evrblue lol Devane ring a bell?
@LeafsForLife sacrificed his body, literally, for the Leafs (misuse of literally, I know).
@unclejakescards I believe that's correct.
@ingy56 We'll find out at lunch, see if anyone gets waived.
@DeclanK You summed everything up so eloquently we have nothing to say :)
@zakimak and expendable