You bet that I a bought into Kessel, for all the right reasons. I did not trade for him because I thought he would blow past 80 points every year on his own. I try to read into the whole team trend that goes with the package, and it comes down to Burke. Kessel was his starting move and it is a long game. Every team wants a guy that puts away 70-80 points every year. Burke is greedy and he wants a few more of them studs, like every team. For the sake of Leaf fans and to the benefit of Kessel, I hope Burke is right, and he seems to know a little bit about hockey. I know, we are talking about the Leafs. That is the team that Kessel plays for, and considering the odds he is doing mighty fine. Not much of a fantasy gamble, just don't overpay.
At 25, Kessel should be part and parcel of any upcoming playoff run by the Leafs and am thinking Burke will want that sooner than later. The questions become, how many studs does Kessel need to have around him before he breaks PPG, and how long will it take Burke to get there?
I play this video regularly just to remind myself why there are Leaf fans:
12 Team Dynasty, Weekly H2H, Points $ League
25 roster, 15 prospects
W- Eberle,Kessel,Kovalchuk,Cole,Bailey,Horton,Whitney ,Williams
D- Suter,Wizniewski,Tyutin,Meszaros,Diaz,Ranger,Beauc hemin,Leopold