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Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel  #81

Pittsburgh Penguins  Right Wing
NUMBER: 81 BIRTHDATE: October 2, 1987  (AGE 28)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Madison, WI, United States
WEIGHT: 202 DRAFTED: BOS / 2006 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2006-2007
Kessel has scored more goals than any other American-born player since 2007-08 (236). Recorded his first goal and point with PIT with 2nd-period tally Oct. 10 at ARI. Fired 6 shots on goal in his PIT debut on Oct. 8 at Dallas. Led all PIT players with 5 points (3G-2A) and finished tied with Beau Bennett for the team lead in goals this preseason. 2014-15 SEASON/CAREER: Led TOR with 59 points in 2014-15 with 24 goals and 35 assists. Has played in 446 consecutive games entering the 2015-16 season. Five-time 30-goal scorer, including a career-high 37 goals in 2013-14. 151 goals in the last 5 years, tied for 4th-most in the NHL. Won silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Won Bill Masterton Trophy for sportsmanship following the 2006-07 season after overcoming a bout with testicular cancer. Career Info: HIGHS: G: 3 A: 3 P: 4 SHOOTOUT NUMBERS w/PGH: 0 G, 0 Att, 0.0 Pct REGULAR-SEASON NUMBERS WITH PITTSBURGH: 2P-1G-0A-1PTS PPG: 66 SHG: 1
WCHA All-Rookie Team (2006) WCHA Rookie of the Year (2006) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2007) Olympic All-Star Team (2014) Olympics Best Forward (2014) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2011, 2012, 2015) Traded to Toronto by Boston for Toronto's 1st (Tyler Seguin) and 2nd (Jared Knight) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft and Toronto's 1st round choice (Dougie Hamilton) in 2011 Entry Draft, September 18, 2009. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto with Tim Erixon, Tyler Biggs and future considerations for Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, New Jersey's 3rd round choice (previously acquired) in 2016 Entry Draft and future considerations, July 1, 2015.
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Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards after a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Monday dropped Columbus to 0-3-0
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