The Leafs: Discuss the current team (not a tank thread)
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01-26-2013, 11:00 PM
Join Date: Mar 2010
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5 is streching it. Very few teams do.
Based on scoring alone, Kessel is an elite player. Just like they described Reilly at the draft. He's got 1 dimension, but he is among the elite players at that dimension.
Overall, Kessel is a VERY poor player. No board work, no physical play and goes out of his way to avoid any contact. No heart whatsoever.
I've never seen a player half ass skate as much as Kessel. When the puck is along the boards he'll often coast toward it and let the opposing player get the puck first. A lot of people were saying that his back checking has improved. Haven't seen that at all. He's easily intimidated. You'll notice the Bruins abuse Kessel for the first 5-10 minutes of the game before he goes invisible for the rest of the game.
There are a lot of players I'd rather have at this point than Kessel. This includes Seguin alone.
This is coming from a guy with a $400 framed Kessel picture hanging off his wall.
The day Kessel gets traded or leaves the team you'll see 99% of the fan base turn on the guy.
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