Phil Kessel broke his 10 game slump last night by scoring the game winning goal in the Toronto Maple Leafs game versus the Winnipeg Jets. Naturally Leaf fans are ecstatic. Everyone seems to think that this will be a first in a slew of goals for Kessel and that he will be on top again in no time. I disagree (I know you probably think I’m wrong but how about we wait and see). Let’s not forget that he did go the first 10 games without a goal. There are plenty of great goal scorers who have had their first goal yet the numbers are still just trickling in (Claude Giroux, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby just to name a few) and a lot of these players are a lot better than Kessel.
With Phil Kessel finally scoring his first goal the real star of the game has been shoved from the spotlight once again. How easily people forget about Tyler Bozak. Bozak opened the Leafs scoring with a beautiful short-handed goal that was way nicer than Kessel’s as well as set up Kessel for his goal, but he isn’t the one everyone is talking about this morning. This isn’t the first time this has happened either. Last season Bozak scored two goals in one game but because Kessel’s assists on these goals caused him to hit the 80 point mark, Kessel’s name was the one trending on twitter.
As far as Kessel being on the trading block, I’m pretty sure this changes nothing (at least is my opinion). His first goal doesn’t impress me, it doesn’t mean much. What matters is what he does now. He could go goal-less for the rest of the season for all we know. I’m reserving judgment. The Leafs next game is Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, we’ll see what happens then.