Phil Kessel: Proving He’s at the Top

Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Blinch, Canadian Press, Hockey

The Leafs’ tandem is scoring on all cylinders – pre and post Olympics. (Mark Blinch // Canadian Press)

When he was first traded for, Brian Burke was frowned upon. People ridiculed him for giving up picks – which turned into Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton, and Jared Knight – for a player who really hadn’t proved anything to that point in his career.

But two Olympics later and now sitting third in the National Hockey League in points, Phil Kessel has matured from one-dimensional sniper to an all-around player. He seems to be flourishing under Leafs’ coach Randy Carlyle whose emphasis on defence has transformed his star forward. 

For more on his latest trip to the international ice and more on how he’s improved his all-around game, check out my full article on Phil Kessel’s transformation.

Phil Kessel: From Sniper to All-Around Star – Published on The Hockey Writers

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