Phil Kessel: Absolutely Killing It

Phil Kessel: Absolutely Killing It

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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).

Rk
Player
GP
G
A
PTS
S
S%
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.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
183 comments
Savo43
Savo43

so we dealt fraser for hartikainen from edmonton? 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

You guys gonna join us on the new Blog ? :)

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

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.


Zep2
Zep2

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

twitting_sg
twitting_sg

lol.. i am afraid what he and JVR will do to the Canadian team in the Olympics. 

steele123
steele123

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.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

I knew Eakins would want to poach more  Leafs.

Anthony Petrielli
Anthony Petrielli

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?

4evrblue
4evrblue

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.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

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.

unclejakescards
unclejakescards

someone correct me if im wrong , but i dont think hartkinain is under any contract , just have rights ....like komorov

Ryan
Ryan

Teemu Hartikainen plays with Nikta Filatov and anton babchuk

ingy56
ingy56

I wonder if more moves made today, Clarkson could be coming back into the lineup Saturday. 


David Alter ‏@DavidAlter590

2m

Carter Ashton is also missing at practice. Along with JVR and Peter Holland.

Savo43
Savo43

and Cam Abney...how'd we get anything for Fraser? lolol..Eakins..

goodonerandy
goodonerandy

@Zep2  can you imagine how painfully bad his banner raising speech will be??? haha

Savo43
Savo43

@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!!

jimmyg65
jimmyg65

@steele123  Mine too! Though I couldn't wear for it about five months after Game 7 last year. That's all in the past...

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

Really surprised at you guys; this post has 0 comments on it. Shocking.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@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.....

Doit4Dougie
Doit4Dougie

@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

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Anthony Petrielli I believe that as well. Next we will probably see at least McLaren and maybe Orr getting moved or demoted

steele123
steele123

@jimmyg65 @steele123  LOL. My dog is a Boston Terrier, he wore his leaf jersey during the Leaf game...I blamed our loss on him.

zakimak
zakimak

Gleason mad him redundant

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@DeclanK  You summed everything up so eloquently we have nothing to say :)


ingy56
ingy56

@theacs1966 @ingy56  Ashton is working with Underhill apparently. Bodie would probably be the candidate to go down once Clarkson returns but I've like his game. 

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@Anthony Petrielli @Tim Horton  To say that is anti Carlyle is a bit weird and dramatic though. We also have similar players in the AHL that are playing lights out, maybe Nonis just thought Granberg passed Fraser on the depth chart.