82 points was his best season, either as a member of the Bruins or Leafs. Before that he never topped 65 points.
Obviously I meant "soft" on the ice. Don't take my word for it though, other NHLers feel the same way, and by a wide margin at that. My link
Again, he's a good player, but certainly not close to being the best US born player. And if he were that good, it would be harder for people to say how much Burke got butt-raped in that deal. Basically, nobody would be saying the same thing had he made the same deal for Parise, or many of the other players I mentioned above.
15% of 145 think hes easy to intimidate. I don't consider that a big deal. 20 players chose Kessel, but the rest chose someone else.
His stats are almost all on an uptick. He's gotten better when he has players around him and as he's gotten older. He had 60 in 70 games the one time he's been on a good team. He was on bad teams with the Bruins until his last year there and bad teams with the Leafs. There's no reason to believe his production would drop on a good team.
Bull. Any player in that deal bar the true superstars right now would've been considered overpayment especially considering that the Leafs were/are dogsh!t and gave up a huge chunk of their future. Had a good team made that deal, it'd be a lot different. Kessel also wanted out of Boston, which made it easier for the Bruins to deal him. Even Burke admits he overpaid. That was not a good deal.
I dont think Zach or Kane or Brown would've improved the Leafs to the point of that deal ever being considered good.
Based on his age, his current cap hit, and what he does well, Id take Kessel over almost any US born player right now. It also depends on need. We need scoring more than we need a Suter. Kane and Kessel would be a hard decision to make between. Quick would be the only other consideration because of our future goaltender needs and we've seen what goaltenders can do after a good run. Quick is no lock to being worth a 10 year deal. Id bet on it before against it, but he's not shown he can do what he does over a period of time.
Edited by ghdi, 09 July 2012 - 03:39 PM.