If this slideshow was created a month ago, it would be comprised of pure speculation. Now that we're a month into the season, Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs have provided us with hard evidence that perhaps they should be taken more seriously this year.
At the time of writing, the Leafs are second overall in the entire league, and Kessel is tops in the league for goals and points.
Can Kessel continue producing in November, or will he copy what the Bruins did in October and go into hibernation?
A lot of questions are surrounding him and the Leafs for sure, but there is reason to believe that he will have a breakthrough year in 2011-12.