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Is Phil Kessel the healthiest player of all-time?

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02-17-2017, 03:19 AM
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Aww man
He's more aerodynamic that way

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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.

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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.

andrew cogliano 762 consecutive games from the start of a career-+-pretty healthy guy

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02-17-2017, 04:05 AM
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well, he had cancer, so I would say no
So you're saying the cure for cancer is large quantities of hot dogs?

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Bollocks. No pun intended.

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Why are those windows labeled with a paper that says "windows" with some kind of a Canadian flag? Why is Kessel's buddy carrying a toilet pump?

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Healthiest player of all times? Nah.

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Why are those windows labeled with a paper that says "windows" with some kind of a Canadian flag? Why is Kessel's buddy carrying a toilet pump?
He was working construction on an off day. Guy's a tank.

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02-17-2017, 06:18 AM
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He was working construction on an off day. Guy's a tank.
If he builds homes in Canada when other players are using the off days for resting, maybe we should acknowledge the possibility that he is in fact the healthiest player of all time?

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02-17-2017, 06:46 AM
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Kessel, Cogliano, and Yandle say "thanks for the ultimate jinx thread"!!!

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When it comes to the sturdiest player, Blake Wheeler should rate pretty highly. He hasn't missed very many games and when you look at the kind of abuse he goes through and how he still manages to finish the game, it's pretty incredible. Even this season he's been subject to several dangerous hits and he's been fine.

And then there was the open door incident that also didn't cause him to miss any games, he just casually returned later to finish the game:


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Cogliano is also under 6 feet tall. He's a remarkably well-trained athlete and at this point a freak of nature. What he's doing hasn't been done before

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Ovechkin should be mentioned. Have hardly missed a game due to injury, but missed some to suspension and Family reasons and a couple of time been rested.

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I think the ability to stay healthy itself is definitely a skill.

Obviously there are fluky injuries, there are injuries that happen when players get targeted. But there are also guys that either often put themselves in harms way and/or are less than fit which makes them injury prone.

It's impressive when guys can stay healthy for long stretches in such a high speed and physical game.

This better not be a jinx thread though, we're ready for another go at it.

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Why are those windows labeled with a paper that says "windows" with some kind of a Canadian flag? Why is Kessel's buddy carrying a toilet pump?
Well, Phil is eating McDonalds and his buddy knows that he's going to clog the toilets after.

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Cogliano is also under 6 feet tall. He's a remarkably well-trained athlete and at this point a freak of nature. What he's doing hasn't been done before
Except by, you know, Doug Jarvis (as said multiple times in this thread).

He was 5'9" and 170 lbs.

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A cheeseburger a day keeps the doctor away...must be all the calcium to make those bones stronk!

Technically, a cheesburger with a pickle covers for the 4 food groups.

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**** 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.
...plus phil is generally calmer than some...so it helps that his stress levels are not raised unduly by seemingly harmless matters

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Kessel is a modern day gladiator. Just check out their diet!

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02-17-2017, 08:22 AM
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Phil's definitely not as chubby as he used to be but he's just a different kind of athlete. You don't need to look like a bodybuilder to be athletic. I lift like a bodybuilder and look like a sort of lite/non-juicy version of one but I completely lack coordination and my cardio is pretty ****. Phil's agile as hell.

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Nicklas Lidström missed only 1 playoff game during his career. And never missed the playoffs.

Only time he missed that single playoff game (2009) was after Patrick Sharp speared on his testicles, and another one of them had to be cut off with a surgery.

These regular season ironmen are nothing compared to Lidström and other playoff-warriors. Most of them did hit rarely at the playoffs and had long summers to heal the body. Kessel is one on that group. Lidström never had long summers, did play "full" playoff games 6 times during his career, and only lockouts did give some extra rest for him.

I would be more interested about Stanley Cup finalists, who did play full 82 games AFTER that long regular+playoffs -season and still didn't miss a beat.

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Only time he missed that single playoff game (2009) was after Patrick Sharp speared on his testicles, and another one of them had to be cut off with a surgery.
And he did the surgery all by himself, too!

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Nicklas Lidström missed only 1 playoff game during his career. And never missed the playoffs.

Only time he missed that single playoff game (2009) was after Patrick Sharp speared on his testicles, and another one of them had to be cut off with a surgery.

These regular season ironmen are nothing compared to Lidström and other playoff-warriors. Most of them did hit rarely at the playoffs and had long summers to heal the body. Kessel is one on that group. Lidström never had long summers, did play "full" playoff games 6 times during his career, and only lockouts did give some extra rest for him.

I would be more interested about Stanley Cup finalists, who did play full 82 games AFTER that long regular+playoffs -season and still didn't miss a beat.

So you mean someone like a guy that hasn't missed a game this year or last year, has 21 goals, 34 assists, and played all of his team's 56 games so far this year? That same guy also won the cup and probably should have received the Conn Smythe during that playoff run?

I just can't think of anyone that fits this description.

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He purposely keeps a fat layer at all times to help deflect hits.

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