Toronto Maple Leafs RW Phil Kessel: Does This Guy Get It?

February 4th, 2011 by David West Leave a reply »
Like so many GMs before, Brian Burke has made it abundantly clear that he is not looking to rebuild the Leafs through the draft. This was perhaps most evidently seen in his acquisition of Phil Kessel.

The price paid to acquire the young sharpshooter was steep. Coming to Toronto wasn't going to be easy for the native of Madison, Wisconsin. He knew this, Leafs Nation knew this and Brian Burke surely knew this.

More than a year into his tenure with the league's second-most storied franchise, the Leafs faithful have begun to wonder: Does Phil Kessel get it?

As a player it isn't always easy to be loved when donning the blue & white; just ask Bryan McCabe. When looking at the most recent history however, it becomes apparent the type of player that Leafs fans come to adore.

Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker are arguably four of the most popular Leafs in the past two decades. These players all had one common denominator: they always wore their hearts on their sleeve.

Watching Phil Kessel play, one comes to realize that he is exactly what these players were not. He doesn't battle along the boards with any ...

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