Number Crunch: Why Phil Kessel is More Valuable Than You Might Think

March 22nd, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

It would be a surprise to nobody if I were to say that Phil Kessel is a great hockey player, but it might shock you to know just how great he really has been this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 22-year-old sniper has been at his goal-scoring best of late, scoring five goals in his last five games with 28 on the season. He's the Leafs leading scorer by a mile and is a lock to reach the 30-goal mark by season's end, but that's not even where it begins to get impressive for Kessel this season.

He is currently tied for 18th in goals with Mike Richards, Henrik Sedin, and Patric Hornqvist which may not sound like any mean feat, until you look at the games played.

All three of the players mentioned have appeared in 72 games this season. Kessel has played just 60—12 less than those he's tied with. In fact, not only has he played fewer games than those three players, but every single player ahead of him in the scoring race as well.

15 of the players tied with or ahead of Kessel in ...

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