Are the Bruins Starting To Question Trading Phil Kessel

Ryan PickardCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in a game against the Calgary Flames on November 14,2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Flames won 5-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The Boston Bruins have hit the quarter point of the season.

They are sitting with a decent record of 8-8-4, but everyone knows if they keep this up they will not have a shot come playoff time.

One of the most talked about stories of the offseason was what were the Bruins going to do about Phil Kessel. The young winger had just led the Bruins in goals scored with 36 and was their best offensive threat.

He was about to become a free agent, though, and something had to be done about him. The Bruins could either sign him to a deal which would make it hard for them to sign other players or they could deal Kessel and hope to get something good in return.

In the end, the Bruins decided to trade Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs and in return they received Toronto's 2010 first and second round pick, and their 2011 first round pick.

Now there are many people out there who would think Boston got the better end of the deal especially now with the way the Maple Leafs have been playing. The problem with the trade though is that you never really know how draft picks are going to work out.

If the season ended today the Bruins would wind up with the first or second pick in the draft. They could end up getting another Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby or they could get another Eric Lindros.

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What I'm trying to get at with getting another Lindros is that the Bruins would not be able to sign him since he wouldn't want to play for Boston and the Bruins would end up wasting a draft pick.

Still the Bruins have a great shot at getting a top five draft pick and could pick up a guy that would have an immediate impact on the team come next season.

So far this year Toronto has been helped a lot by the return of Kessel from offeason shoulder surgery. In just seven games Kessel has already scored five goals and had three assists. The team has also played much better since he has returned to the lineup.

Meanwhile in Boston the Bruins offense has been terrible. They rank right near the bottom in goals scored averaging just 2.25 goals per game. The only reason they have a .500 record right now is because of how good their defense and goaltending has been.

That can't hold them for the whole season, though.

Boston says that Kessel was asking for way too much money and that he didn't see eye to eye with head coach Claude Julien but still one has to wonder how the Bruins offense would be doing if Kessel was still in the lineup.

I belive the Bruins got the better end of this deal because if Toronto continues at the pace they are right now then they will wind up with a top five draft pick. They can then use that pick and be able to select a player that can play in the NHL immediately and have a strong impact.

Still, I will always have to think that the Bruins could have a better record this year with Kessel still around.