His playmaking has gone from good to great. He's a bit predictable though with his passing I feel, like nearly 20 of his assists have come from being down the boards on his off wing, moving in like he's going to shoot and then passing across ice.
Great goal scorer, solid play maker. First line offensive forward.
That's as far as I'll go
He's as good a playmaker as he is a sniper. He may even be better at creating. This is what separates him from some other top line wingers. What's great is that he's gradually become that playmaker. Before, if he wasn't scoring he was redundant, but now he's always racking up on the score sheet. He's also become a more responsible player which is enough for me to call him an elite talent.
Just watching the Leafs game now and realized Kessel is now 6th in scoring (51 pts, 2 goals tonight) and was also top 10 last season. Last season, I just thought it was the result of one of the best dynamic duos in Kessel/Lupul, but this season Kessel has been doing it all himself without Lupul (who is also repeating on his own).
What kind of player is he now? In terms of league ranking and player type. His goal scoring has been pretty off for his standard this season, is he actually a playmaking winger now?
I said this in another thread (I think). Kessel can play any style you want. He has straight ahead speed, a good stick, an absolute bomb of a shot and good instincts offensively. His speed and when he uses it opens up the ice for his teammates, and he can absolutely thread a pass. He also uses his speed to backcheck effectively and I think its bolstered his offensive versatility because he's taking the puck out of the zone and creating odd man rushes.
Wasn't too sure of him for a few years, but he's becoming a favorite player of mine in the way that he's grown his game, kept his consistency in scoring and his individual success is having a very positive effect on his team. He may not be the most physical guy, but like Pat Kane, if you have a good stick, its not a negative for your game that it can be for other players.
Biggest myth is that he can't generate his own offense.
Fact is that ever since he came to Toronto, I can't recall of any line-mate who is better than him offensively. Heck, he has produced points even with Crabb and Boyce as his linemates.
A consistent points scorer, a very good playmaker and elite shot.
You can count him to show up 76 games a season, or 44 games this season.
Lupul was the only player I've seen yet who had Kessel playing better... But then again Lupul's career was revived going on a line with Kessel... As the years go on, I'm feeling a lot better about the trade... Knowing that above the pieces we did give up, we did end up with an elite talent in the end...
I had to completely laugh at the comment saying he generates no offense on his own.. Just take a look at this linemates before the Lupul trade and the numbers he was still putting up and that says everything