The Phil Factor: Kessel Proving He’s Worth More Than Leafs Imagined

December 4th, 2009 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »

So many questions, so little time.

Much has been said since the Toronto Maple Leafs traded two first-round picks and a second-round pick for American sniper, Phil Kessel. Everyone chimed in with their opinion of whether or not he was worth that much, or if it was just another bad decision by a Leafs GM.

Well, he has played 15 games with the team now, and it's becoming increasingly apparent that anymore questions need not be asked.

Kessel is proving he is worth far more than the team could have even imagined, and his impact so far may surprise you.

He sat out the team's first 12 games, and they went a disastrous 1-7-4 without him, sitting dead-last in the NHL with only 15 even-strength goals in that time. The season looked grim right from the start, and many were starting to believe that even with Kessel inserted into the lineup, the Leafs had fallen too far out of the race.

But as soon as Kessel arrived on the scene, the team has not only play ...

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