Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Shiv on 01/28/11 at 10:16 AM ET
Leaf Nation will tell you, Kessel does not deserve to represent Toronto in this weekend’s All Star festivities – Grabovski has been the best Leaf this season.
But Kessel will nonetheless appear as an almost obligatory representative for a Toronto Maple Leafs team that really does not have a player worthy of being an All Star.
What will sting the most, however, is this: Kessel is one of the favourites to be the player selected last overall.
The other mentioned possibilities for the final pick include names such as David Backes, Patrick Elias, Paul Stastny and Corey Perry. Elias is possibly the only player on that list who would deserve to be picked after Kessel in any type of draft and that is only because of age (Elias won’t be picked last by the way. The two-time Stanley Cup winner is respected too much by his peers.). Perry will be picked before Kessel. And even if Backes or Stastny are picked after Kessel, it will DESPITE the fact that they are better players.
So in a pool of 24 participating forwards, 4 others who are missing the Weekend with injuries (Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, Hemsky) and several others who have most likely asked to not participate in the weekend (i.e. Zetterberg, Datsyuk), Kessel is among the worst of the best.
How can you build a franchise to win the Stanley Cup when your franchise forward is a premium candidate to be selected last overall?
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