Bowser wrote:I've never seen the hate for a top prospect like I have seen for Kessel. I believe one of the main reasons for it, is that he's American and the dominant Canadian press has been able to project their agenda to the unknowing masses.
I'm not going to question those who have seen the kid play but I have a good idea, he's being over analyzed to the point that Crosby was last year.
I don't think I'm expressing "hate" for him. But since I live in Madison these days, I guess I have a different perspective on him. He is covered a lot
here, unsurprisingly. We are fans of the UW Badger hockey team, of course, and have watched most of their games, both in person and on TV. We saw Kessel play against them on TV in the fall when UW beat Minnesota both games. He didn't have a point. He didn't have much of an impact on the game. That's watching on TV, though, so you can say we might have missed some of his play.
But we went to the game on Friday, and despite Minnesota winning 5-4, Kessel still didn't have a single point. He fell a lot, he coughed up the puck a lot, he didn't make any plays to his teammates when he did have the puck. He simply did not impress at all that game. Granted, he was probably nervous. Heck, he was back in his hometown (though he hasn't played there since midget or something), where people felt he dissed UW by choosing Minnesota, and the students were booing him every time he touched the puck. But as they were quoting both Minnesota and UW players before the game, everybody has that happen to them, and they gave examples where players playing back in their hometowns (for other teams) have come up with big games in front of friends and family. Kessel didn't deliver on Friday.
We watched the game Saturday on TV, so again might have missed a lot behind the play. But Kessel wasn't a factor for most of the game. He finally scored a goal in the third period, and he acted like a ******* (is anybody other than Netwolf allowed to say that?). Yes, he's young, and yes, others have done the same (not for as long as he did, though, skating around the ice and taunting the whole crowd). But it wasn't even that spectacular of a goal. It's just that he FINALLY did score, and for that he thinks he's some big sh--stuff? Not warranted, from what I've seen.
Hey, he skates very fast. He can shoot the puck, I guess. He is still young. But I'm mostly responding to some saying he's better than Crosby. Hardly. Sid last year on a college team would have been the best player on the team -- any college team.
And when I say I don't want him on my team, it's because we have already seen what happens when a "star" player who wants to be the center of attention isn't actually the number one on the team -- he starts dying alive and quits playing. Do you really think a player with the attitude of Phil Kessel would be happy playing on the same team as Crosby and Malkin? If he were a team player the way Sid seems to be, sure, I'd take him in a flash. But he's a guy who's going to want a whole team built around him, ala Jagr, in order to be successful. And someone probably will be happy to do so. But why the Penguins? We're already building our team around Crosby, and I'm very, very happy about that.