Kissel, who has undergone hand surgery, is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 regular season. "He is not expected to miss any time," GM Jim Rutherford told DK Pittsburgh Sports.
Kessel not only played in every single game during the postseason, but he also tallied 16 points in the 19 games following the series against the Rangers. There are no indications that the winger will miss any time, so fantasy owners can rest easy. Describing the 28-year-old's 2015-16 campaign as a breakout season might seem strange, but after struggling through several years of losing with the Maple Leafs, Kessel silenced many of his doubters and should be considered a top-end target heading into 2016-17.
The apples were the first in eight games for the 28-year-old sniper, who still contributed three goals during that span. With 21 points in 22 playoff games this spring, Kessel has been as advertised in his first postseason with the Pens and is very much in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy -- especially if Pittsburgh can lock in that 16th and final win required to take home Lord Stanley's prize.
Kessel tapped home a pass from Nick Bonino to put the
Kessel notched a power-play goal during Tuesday's 5-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kessel has been an absolute beast in the playoffs, totaling nine markers, 10 helpers and 68 shots on goal. The 28-year-old is almost expected to reach the scoresheet at this point, as he's done so in 13 of 17 contests to date. The 2006 No. 5 pick will be one to watch in Game 7 on Thursday at home.