Once Kessel impresses me I might be sold, but the kid has honestly done nothing to impress me in his recent outings.
I don't lay full blame on him, but his highly ranked college team was ousted by a no name team.
His top ranked WJ USA team was ousted, while he had one goal in the tourney. Sure he led in scoring, but a 5 point game in a blowout can do that for you. This kid is a sniper and he scored one goal in the WJ tourney? I'm sorry, but I can't be impressed with that.
Watching him today I was impressed with his speed, but his reaction speed wasn't up to par, he was getting knocked all over and didn't stand out at all. Crosby was better from day one in the NHL, and scouts were comparing him to Crosby?
While he fits the mold of what this team needs, along with Eric Johnson, I'm just a bit disappointed that it's him that fits the need best. It's too bad Staal doesn't fit what we need, as he'll grow to be the better player.