NHL All-Rookie Team (2004)
Signed as a free agent by Espoo (Finland), September 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Renon (Italy), January 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Ambri-Piotta (Swiss), February 25, 2005. Traded to Tampa Bay by Pittsburgh with Gary Roberts for Tampa Bay's 3rd round choice (Ben Hanowski) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 28, 2008. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to lower-body and shoulder injuries.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday