Kessel has a career average of 10%. The cool thing about SH% is that it's relatively constant over your career, so expect a hot streak coming up.
The fact that he's leading the league in shots is indicative that he's still generating scoring chances. The best scorers in the game will tell you as long as you're getting your chances, they'll start going in eventually.
Kessel is playing his best hockey now since joining the Leafs.
I would totally agree with this. The guy is playing great hockey-he could easily have 6 goals right now. I thought him and JVR looked great last night and watching JVR reminded me of his playoff performances in the playoffs two seasons ago. I say leave Kessel be, he will have 20 goals before the end of the season.
Kessel has looked like his plump but dangerous self.
He will be fine.
That's too funny. My wife calls Kessel, "Dough-boy". If he puts the puck in the net, who cares how 'plump' or 'doughy' he looks. Just so long as he does not follow the path of the original 'plump' player - Kyle Welwood.
We've all come to know that when Kessel is REALLY slumping, he is simply invisible. However he's been all over the ice getting all kinds of chances so far.
Shouldn't be worried.
In a weird way I think this is good.
I saw last night extra efforts (IMO) in the defensive zone. He looked peeved off and went into the corner in the defensive zone with some malice (my interpretation - through an invisible psychic link).
If he keeps this up when he starts scoring all the better for the team.
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
I'm sure I saw Kessel throw a hit last night and he was going into the dirty areas after the puck. Overall I'd say he's playing pretty well and he may not be scoring but he's creating chances for the rest of the team.