Originally Posted by mister_mcgoo
no dude, by all means share your thoughts, I just wanted a pull off that wacky tabacky you were smoking
Kessel is entering his 6th season, usually by the time a player gets to that point in their career you have a pretty good indication of what kind of numbers they're gonna put up. If you see a guy steadily increasing his numbers year after year then there is cause for optimism but if he keeps hitting the same range then that's probably the kind of player he's going to be. He 'could' score 80-90 pts some season if he had the perfect combination (i.e. a stud playmaking center, a solid top 3 lines to take the heat off him and allow favorable matchups, etc etc) but barring some extraordinary circumstances I don't see it happening
I agree with your thoughts.............somewhat.
In your 6th year you should be putting up better stats than in your 2nd or 3rd year.
I think the situation is a little bit different than in most cases.
1. Not too many players are in their 6th season at age 24.
2. Secondly, the last two years he probably would have improved if he had been playing with the same talent that he had been in Boston. Their centers would have been (Savard, Krejci, Bergeron and Seguin). On the Leafs he got Bozak. Big difference.