- Kessel's grandmother chugs champagne from the Stanley Cup
News: 6 days agoKessel suffered a foot injury that will sideline him for 2-3 weeks, Arizona Coyotes Insider Craig Morgan reports.
Spin: Kessel hasn't missed an NHL game since 2009-10 when he was with Toronto and will no doubt be eager to keep his ironman streak alive. Based on the team's timeline, the 33-year-old winger should be cleared in time to play in the season opener versus the Blue Jackets on Oct. 14. The Madison, Wisconsin native has reached the 20-goal mark in 12 of his last 13 campaigns and should be able to do so again in 2021-22.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Fantasy managers who were able to nab Kessel at a discount last year were rewarded, as the Wisconsin native went on to post 20 goals and 43 points in 56 games. The 17.4 shooting percentage was by far the highest of Kessel's long career, but this is a guy who has tallied at least 20 goals in 12 of the last 13 seasons. Kessel will turn 34 right before the 2021-22 season begins and his ceiling is considerably lower than in his prime, but there's value in a player who's seemingly a lock for 20-plus goals in addition to considerable power-play production. Just keep in mind Kessel has been no better than a minus-17 in each of the last three seasons.