Phil Kessel skates down the wing and Shoots...
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01-28-2013, 12:41 PM
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LOL you keep beating this drum. Tyley Bozak was his centre! The worst #1 centre in the entire NHL. You're making the statement Kessel had a big advantage last season?
In 10-11', he played with AHL linemates and still got over 30 goals, 60 minutes. Terrible argument.
If he played in Pittsburgh's system with Crosby and Malkin like James Neal does, boy would his point totals suffer!
I'm not making the statement that Kessel had a big advantage. I'm saying he played hockey in a way that completely ignored all the defensive duties any other coach in the NHL (other than Ron Wilson) would require from his supposedly best players. The results were grossly inflated point totals and a ridiculously bad plus/minus.
Now with Carlyle and without Lupul, Kessel won't even be able to sniff PPG status. But there may be a bright side...his line might not be the worst defensively in the league anymore.
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