Phil Kessel is perhaps the Leafs' best offensive player. He is second on the team in scoring this season with 30 points to Nazem Kadri (33), but when the Leafs need a clutch goal, they want to see Kessel loading up for his vicious wrist shot.
Kessel has been a Leafs mainstay since 2009-10. He has scored at least 30 goals in each of his full seasons with the Leafs.
Prior to coming to the Leafs, Kessel was an up-and-coming star for the Boston Bruins. He scored 36 goals in 2008-09 and was a fan favorite.
He is still a fan favorite in Boston. He is greeted with the "Thank you, Kessel," chant every time he steps on the ice in Boston.
When he was traded by the Bruins to Toronto in 2009, the Bruins received a package of draft picks. The Bruins used those picks to select Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton and Jared Knight. Seguin and Hamilton are the Bruins' brightest young players, while Knight has not been called up to the Bruins.
Kessel has been a two-time All-Star for the Leafs, but he has struggled against his old team. In 20 games against Boston, Kessel has scored three goals and six assists and is minus-20 (source: NationalPost.com).