NHL Draft Prospect Report: Phil Kessel
Birthdate: October 2, 1987
2005-06 Club: University of Minnesota (USA)
Nickname is Thrill … favorite NHL player is Colorado’s Joe Sakic … wears #26 because #8 is retired … says that his parents have had the greatest influence on his career because “they have taken me to all of my hockey events when I was younger” … most memorable hockey game played was the Under-18 game vs. Czech Republic … favorite TV show is Friends … favorite movies are Rounders and Boondock Saints … favorite musician is Tim McGraw.
Central Scouting Report:
Is a very fast and quick skater who often surprises opponents with an extra gear … with outstanding breakaway speed he can carry the puck and separate himself from pursuers in an instant and can turn an opponent inside out one-on-one … has a heavy accurate shot and very quick hands when releasing his wrist shot at top speed … can beat a goaltender in many ways and is an excellent passer and play-maker who can find his man in traffic or open ice with ease … has the ability to go end-to-end and bring fans to the edge of their seats … is excellent on the power-play and a threat to score when killing penalties … is good on face-offs and capable of using his offensive instincts to determine the outcome of a game … he wants the puck when the game is on the line and while not overly physical he does not shy away from the corners and along the boards … protects the puck well with his body and has strong persistent pursuit of the puck … has become more reliable in his defensive play this season … became USA Hockey’s National Team development program all-time leader in career goals with 104 and points with 180 in the 2004-05 season … has played on two U.S. World Junior Teams and in 2005-06 was selected rookie of the year in the WCHA and was selected to the all-rookie team while playing for the U. of Minnesota.
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