2011 NHL All-Star Game: Why This Weekend Was Made for Phil Kessel

January 27th, 2011 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
Phil Kessel is going to win the MVP at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game this weekend. 

This is not a statement coming from the Kessel-crazed Maple Leaf fan, or the follower of said team who desperately needs something to cheer about this season.

It was not suggested by his parents, though I'm sure they're rooting for him in Carolina as any proud mother and father would. 

No, this is a statement uttered because plain and simple, the NHL All-Star Game was made for players like Phil Kessel. His mind may explode this weekend. 

And for those who laugh and call for the Leafs sniper to be chosen last in Friday's draft, may want to rethink your argument. It's players like Kessel that prove to be the most impressive in the NHL's premiere showcase of talent. 

It's like a caged animal being released into the wild for the first time. Freedom.

Playing on the Leafs is not the perfect scenario for Kessel. Not even close. 

In a perfect world he touches the puck very little. In a perfect world his job is to move around and get open, receive a crisp pass, and unleash a rocket into the back of the n ...

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