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Drive to the Net: What happens with Kessel? ☕


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Phil Kessel. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

"Some big decisions will have to be made. Obviously, there will be changes in our team.”

That was Jim Rutherford's answer during the Penguins' locker room cleanout day when asked about his approach this offseason.

With seemingly nobody "untouchable" other than Sidney Crosby, there are some big-name candidates who could be moved this offseason. The one who is the most likely to be moved is Phil Kessel.

I’ll take a look at the bad and the good in Kessel's 2018-19 season, and look at where things go from here.


Kessel is an offense-first guy. He's a playmaker. Playmaking is inherently risky, and giveaways are to be expected. Kessel finished No. 2 in giveaways this season with 78, trailing only Evgeni Malkin's 84. Other strong playmakers on the roster -- Kris Letang (76) and Sidney Crosby (67) -- weren't far behind.

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