Phil had 7 complete seasons plus 1 in progress. The other 3 seasons he played 70 games and I'm fairly sure one of the three 12 game injuries was actually cancer. How in the world has he played 18 minutes a game, often as the clear best player on his team for 850+ NHL games and only have two on injuries that bad enough to miss a game? I know you're gonna say it's because he avoids contact but come on, if it was that simple more people would do it.
Here's my theory
Phil the ultimate non-bender. He can accelerate and control the puck without waist bending his chest way out over the front of his skates. I think that neutral skating position and a low CG allows him to naturally roll off contact in any direction better than a guy like Malkin who bends at the waist more and has a higher CG. The force of Phils legendary weight is being applied at his control surfaces (blades) so he just has to shift his weight a little to slide off contact.
If you Sum the moments about the CG you'll see a waist bender needs to provide more force in the x direction just to remain standing. If you ever want to stop or skate at constant velocity without falling forward you need to stand up and bring you chest all the way back over your skates. This limits your agility because you always need a certain amount of forward acceleration to stay in good skating position.
Kopitar has missed (I think) 32 regular season games and 6 playoff games in his career. Has been the top scorer of his team every year except his rookie year and this year. And he averages 20 minutes a game.
I'm sure there are other players on other teams, but I don't know off the top of my head every team's most consistent point producer who averages a higher time on ice.
Actually I'd say Erik Karlsson is more impressive, although he missed almost all of the 12/13 season, he's been very dependable for Ottawa
**** off with these moronic questions in thread titles. How do you want us to answer this? No, all he eats is hot dogs and his body fat percentage is way too high for consideration. Christ.
Maybe you could say something like- Phil Kessel's career is clear evidence that we are all actually living a computer simulation. The simulation somehow made a potato shaped man who one of the fastest skaters on the planet and also invincible for all practical purposes. Since Phil seems to be violating the basic laws hockey there's no reason to believe he can't also violate laws of physics or thermodynamics as well. So you know, all bets are kind of off at that point and anything is possible.