Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Winger Phil Kessel is not only the Leafs' best forward, but he has become one of the top forwards in the NHL.
Kessel was fifth in goals with 37 in 2013-14 and sixth overall in points with 80 in 82 games. All of this was done playing with a centre who most neutral observers would say is, at best, a second-line NHL centre.
Kessel is one of the most dynamic offensive threats in the game who likes to score off the rush with speed.
He has exceptional vision, and his sublime creativity is unquestioned. His release is lightning-quick, and his accuracy is underrated.
He was minus-five in 2013-14, and his Corsi percentage of 44.1 wasn't outstanding, but once again it was better than the Leafs' average possession numbers.
At 26 years of age, Kessel is entering his peak offensive years. If he stays healthy and JVR has another great year, expect Kessel to set career highs in both goals and points in 2014-15.
Basic stats can be found on NHL.com, while advanced stats are from ExtraSkater.com.