|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Wednesday, 22 October 2008 15:16|
Everyone loves to remind others of that gem they found each year in their fantasy pool. It is very rewarding to believe in a guy who flies a bit under the radar and watch him blow up. It happened to me last year with Brent Burns, who went from a largely forgotten young defenseman in Minnesota to a lock for the 2010 Canadian Olympic squad. It happened two years ago with Zach Parise, who showed why being undersized means nothing if you work twice as hard as the guys bigger than you. It looks to be happening this year with Brandon Dubinsky in New York as well. That is enough bragging, though. For every steal and sleeper pick, there are the complete misses. I have had a few of those already in this short season.
As well, when captain Chara already points to him as the go-to guy on Boston, I begin to rethink it even more. He still struggles at times to use his teammates, but he sure can fire the puck. Kessel is making me rethink both his short term and long term upside. An eclipse of 35 goals could be in order this year – a number I figured he would struggle to ever reach.
His first game in the NHL – hat trick, boy it doesn’t get much sweeter than that. I had him on my DND (do not draft) list this year, along with a few other notables (Havlat, Connolly, and so on). He is clicking on the top unit with Morrow and Ribeiro (both of who are struggling a bit), and is a much better fit than the oft-injured Jere Lehtinen. Brunnstrom is more of a playmaker (even with the goal-fest of a debut), and has a real shot at hitting 60 points this season. I figured he was going to need at least a year in the AHL to adjust to the North American game. Wrong.
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