Phil Kessel and Toronto Maple Leafs Have To Be Better

December 10th, 2010 by joe gillen Leave a reply »
Kessel saw his goalless streak extend to seven games on Thursday night, as the Maple Leafs lost at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Phil Kessel was a minus one with only 14:35 minutes of ice time. Leaf’s Bench boss Ron Wilson has been juggling the team's lines and the repercussions have been that Phil Kessel’s ice time has diminished. Ron Wilson has also made a point of benching Kessel from time to time hoping this will ignite a flame under his saddle—which it hasn’t.

Is it the coaching staff? Or is it Kessel just frustrated with his play and teams play of late?

Personally I think it’s the system that the Maple Leafs are running; in one game Kessel is a winger, the next he’s a centre. To me it looks like the Leafs are in panic mode and are trying to patch up the holes with what they have.

Phil Kessel is most effective breaking out of his own end and B lining to the net, not playing in the corners and fighting for pucks along the boards. Kessel is a player on the smaller side and lacks in the gritty aspect of play. That’s not knocking him, that’s speaking what’s already kn ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NHL
Article written by


Comments are closed.