Originally Posted by jhonny
The question was what is his upside... 80-90 is certainly not out of the question for him to hit... a career 65 point player? How can anyone say that about a guy who is so young and has already hit that target... he probably still thinks like a kid and is therefore stupid. Let him grow up a bit and give him talent to play with, and mark my words (no matter how lost and one dimensional he has looked), he will peak with a season that looks like this: 44G 41A (80-90 UPSIDE) and maybe he does this once 6 years from now when he's 29 and his brain and Burke catch up with his body...
I can see this happening, but the key is the "give him talent to play with". Kessel is just not the type of player who can do it by himself, and he is not the first guy you think of when you think of the cliche "makes other players around him better", he is one of those guys that really complements what is already a great lineup, rather than thriving as the central focus of a lineup. This is just my opinion, don't hold it against me.
So, if Burke can manage to put together a team with capable scorers, high end scorers, much better than what he has now, you could see Kessel have a career year like that, 85 points and 44 goals, but it will never happen if Kessel is the go-to guy and only elite scorer. And I'm sorry, Connolly is very skilled, but his injury history among other reasons prevent him from being labelled as an elite player. Colborne and/or Kadri? Time will tell.
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