Phil Kessel And Joffrey Lupul: An Elite 1-2 Punch
With the 2012-13 NHL season still in doubt due to the unsettled CBA issues, our thoughts have turned back to the 2011-12 season. For those of you that do not follow the Toronto Maple Leafs it may surprise you that the Blue and White employed one of the best 1-2 punches in all of hockey.
For all the flack Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke gets for trading away two first round draft picks and a second rounder to the Boston Bruins in return for Phil Kessel not enough ink is dedicated to just how good Kessel was last season.
A quick look at the NHL scoring race reveals that Kessel registered 37 goals and 45 assists last season for a total of 82 points. Those 82 points put Kessel ahead of super star forwards like James Neal (81), John Tavares (81) Henrik Sedin (81), Patrick Elias (78) and Marian Hossa (77) and just behind the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk (83), Jason Spezza (84), Claude Giroux (93), Steven Stamkos (97) and Evgeni Malkin, who led the NHL with 109 points.