By: Adam Basciano
The puck hasn’t even dropped yet but one thing is certain, Phil Kessel will be a Toronto Maple Leaf for a long time to come. The talented goal scorer today inked a contract extension over the next 8 years to the sum of $64 Million! That is quiet a hefty sum to be sure, but that’s what elite level players go for in the NHL. In my opinion, Phil Kessel is an elite level player in this league.
“Kessel, 25, played 48 games for the Maple Leafs in 2012-13, leading the team in goals (20), assists (32), points (52), powerplay goals (5), game-winning goals (4) and shots (161). He ranked seventh in NHL points (tie) and ninth in shots. The native of Madison, Wisconsin also played seven playoff games for Toronto, posting team-highs in goals (4), powerplay goals (tie-1) and game-winning goals (2). Over the last two seasons, Kessel has accumulated 134 points (57 goals, 77 assists) in 130 games. Only Steve Stamkos (154), Evgeni Malkin (142) and Claude Giroux (141) have more points in that stretch. Only three players have more goals than Kessel’s 89 over the last three seasons: Stamkos (134), Corey Perry (102) and Alex Ovechkin (102).”
With business taken care of….LET’S DROP THE PUCK!
(Source: Toronto Maple Leafs)