Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel is having a really good season so far, and if he keeps to produce points at this pace, he could finish the year with the best offensive production of his career!
The 30-year old forward, drafted fifth overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006, has 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 44 games played so far this season. At this pace, he would finish the season with 33 goals and 87 points, which would be the best season of his career! His best offensive season so far was his 82 points in 82 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 2011-2012.
Kessel, 30, played 876 games so far in the NHL with the Bruins, the Maple Leafs and the Penguins, scoring 314 goals and adding 382 assists for 696 points. He added 66 points in 71 playoff games. Pittsburgh acquired him from the Leafs via trade in 2015. Since he joined the Penguins, Kessel registered 176 points in 208 games played, and added 45 points in 49 playoff games, helping the Pens to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Here's a little video of Kessel's best goals from last year!
The Penguins are currently fifth in the Metropolitan division with a record of 22-19-3, but they own the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, for the moment. Philadelphia and Carolina only trail them by one and two points and they played less games than Pittsburgh.
They will play their next game on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Pittsburgh won their last two games, and they are 5-5-0 in their last ten.
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