Center of Attention: Leafs Need New Middle-Man for Phil Kessel

November 18th, 2009 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
When Phil Kessel became a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs many wondered who on the team would be able to adequately center a line with him.

It has become very apparent in the seven games he has played, that player isn't on the Leafs.

Kessel has been stellar since stepping on the ice for the Leafs, with five goals and eight points through his first seven, but other than collecting the easy assists that come with playing on a line with him, his center man have been essentially useless.

Matt Stajan has been the center on his line for the majority of the time, but at this point it should be questioned whether he can even play in the NHL, let alone on the first line. His play has left Leaf fans scratching their heads for years, but this year it has gotten to a point where it can't continue.

His play on defense is the best part of his game, because when he has the puck in the offensive zone, nothing seems to work. His play along the boards is terrible as he can never really maintain possession for very long, usually endi ...

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