Re: "TOP 3 PLAYERS TO MAKE ROOM FOR KESSEL"
posted at 8/18/2009 10:56 PM EDT
In Response to Re: "TOP 3 PLAYERS TO MAKE ROOM FOR KESSEL"
In Response to Re: "TOP 3 PLAYERS TO MAKE ROOM FOR KESSEL" : I don't understand how moving Bergeron to keep Kessel makes more sense on the gritty/pansy scale than moving Kobasew. If you think he's a pansy, then, well, case closed - Bye-Bye Phillis. I don't think he's a pansy, but there's no way he will ever take the body. No way. And if he did, he'd drop 25% of his goals, not become a 40-50 goal scorer. He uses his speed in space . Hard to take off on rushes when you're disentangling yourself from the forechecker in the defensive zone. As for creating offense single-handedly, you saw games I missed. Kessel's a luxury, not a necessity. He's Petr Klima. Remember Petr Klima? He's Petr Klima.
Posted by Bookboy007
First, it's interesting you consider your leading goal scorer -- in the regular season and the playoffs, even with a torn up shoulder -- to be a luxury.
Second, no, Kessel won't take the body and he'll never be a banger. But he may be able to improve on digging pucks out of the corner, scrapping for loose pucks in front of the net, hustling back on defense. And without sacrificing offense, in fact, his production would increase.
Third, you could be right. He could end up like Petr Klima (by the way, those arent bad stats for a 3rd year player). If that's what Chiarelli & co. think, they should have traded this guy one-up for Kaberle. Then again, he could end up like Pavel Bure (ok, maybe a little stretch there). It'll take the right coaching, the right veteran teammates setting the right example, but Kessel has big upside. He's come a long way since being benched in the '08 playoffs.