Originally Posted by ross10019
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.
Agreed! So with Connolly for as long as they can get out of him... I can see 70-74 points a possibility this season for Kessel. He just had 64 with marginal playmakers, right? Plus a huge dry spell in the middle half of the year...
10 Team H2H Points (Keep 1C, 1W, 1D, 1G, & 1 non-goalie):
G,A,+/-, PIM, PPG, SHG, GWG, OTG, FOWs, Hits, Blks, Maj, Mis, (bonus scoring for D-men makes them comparable to Wing)
Wins, Saves, GA, Shutouts
Daily Start: 2C, 4W, 4D, 2G
C: Toews, Kopitar, Bergeron
W: Parise, Neal, E. Kane, Iginla, Hartnell, Jagr
D: Karlsson (IR), S. Weber, Markov, Ehrhoff, Wideman, Souray, Pitkanen
G: Halak, Niemi, Lehner