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Phil Kessel Fridays. The hits keep on coming. Holy crap it's still August.

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Phil Kessel Fridays. The hits keep on coming. Holy crap it's still August.

PROJECTIONS

A reminder: Jamie Benn won the scoring title scoring 87 points in 82 games. Only 3 players in the whole league (Benn, John Tavares, Sidney Crosby) scored more than 82.

96 seems more than a touch optimistic.

Here's Phil's career stat-line

So what's your projected stat for Kessel?

Personally, I'm going with in a perfect world (meaning 82 games for him and the other top players) 40 goals, 50 assists. Of course, this is not a perfect world and a 30g-40a season could also be successful depending on the circumstances.

STICK FLEX DOT COM

kesselstickflex

Yuuup.

Meanwhile, back at Gary's

Kessel isn't in Pittsburgh yet, like a handful of teammates already are, but as evidenced by Gary Roberts' Instagram, he's still deep into off-season training. That unmistakable candy-cane taped stick second from left is Phil's.

What else is a good sign for Penguins fans? The stick next to it, all the way at the left belongs to none other than Derrick Pouliot. At least Phil will be well-acquainted with at least one teammate for the work they put in this summer with Scary Gary.

SHOOT THE PUCK, PHIL, SHOOT THE PUCK (CLAP CLAP)

The long-range, low shot against Montreal might be my favorite..

AND THEY SAY HE DOESN'T PLAY DEFENSE

via GIPHY

Looks like some defense to me.

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Have a good weekend!