Why doesn't Phil Kessel ever go to the net?

Cam Charron
April 10 2013 12:21PM

Here's a thing I keep hearing from Leafs fans: 

"Phil Kessel needs to go to the net." 

"Phil Kessel will have more success if he goes to the net." 

"Goals are scored from the front of the net, Phil Kessel can't keep relying on his shot."

This is a theme that's constantly plugged by guys like Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos on intermission panels. I tend to listen to them while I'm off during intermissions compiling the notes I took during the period. I only listen sort of off-hand but do realize where people generate these theories about player success.

I only have one question to direct to the people who think Kessel needs to go to the net: Who will get Phil Kessel the puck?

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Hockey TV & the Footage Fairy

Steve Dangle
April 09 2013 09:11PM

Howdy hockey people.

A while back, I wrote about how I make hockey highlight packs for Hockey Night in Canada, specifically for the web (cbcsports.ca). The feedback was largely positive, so I want to write about it again.

On top on CBC, I’ve also recently taken a freelance position at the NHL Network. While there are a lot of similarities between the two jobs, there are some key differences, too.

If you’re interested in how hockey highlights get done, here’s how we do it.

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Production Down The Middle

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 09 2013 02:05PM

Unable to sleep last night, I did what any other odd person does to wind down - I broke down hockey statistics to borderline pointless levels. Last night, my victims were the Leafs centres.

Now, I’m not going to bore a lot of you with Advanced Statistics. While they’re very good at showing things that can’t been seen at face value, plenty are still unfamiliar with them, and at the same time, I don’t consider myself to be completely knowledgeable on the subject. So what I prefer to do for arguments like this, is stretch the more basic stats to see what players production paces are.

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LFR6 - Game 39 - Ryan O'Bure

Steve Dangle
April 09 2013 10:39AM


Ryan O'Byrne miraculously scores in his Leafs debut while Kessel pots a pair.

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Leafs get big performances from stars in 4-3 win over Rangers

Cam Charron
April 08 2013 09:14PM

via Abelimages and NHL Interactive

Phil Kessel is a wonderful hockey player.

James Reimer is a wonderful goaltender. 

Both players played very good games for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their win against the New York Rangers. The result of this game gave the Leafs a six-point cushion on the Rangers and an eight-point cushion on 9th place. For the Leafs to fall out now, something spectacular must happen. The Maple Leafs, against all odds, appear to be a playoff team in 2013.

Van Riemsdyk got one. Kessel got two. Ryan O'Byrne, somehow, got one, and the Leafs gave up a 3-1 lead but eventually held on for the victory after a tense final two minutes.

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