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Fantasy Summary

Hard-working defenseman who is reliable in his own zone. Found offence in his game recently.


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June 2023 – Kessel found an offensive part of his game last season, that few knew he had. In addition to finishing first in points for a defenseman with the Thunderbirds, Kessel managed to generate offense in the two NHL games he played. Kessel finishes his second NHL game with a dominant 85% xGF. The spotlight will be on him this season, considering he was probably the Blues’ prospect with the most significant improvement last year. Cedrick Blais-Turcotte 

 

October 2020 – Kessel was drafted 150th overall by the St. Louis Blues. He will most likely spend the next two-three years in college before turning pro. Lou Farah

 

March 2022 – Kessel signed his ELC with the Blues. It is a two-year contract beginning in the 2022-23 season. Kessel will make his pro debut in the AHL with Springfield on a tryout. Kessel is a big 6-3 defensive defenseman. He plays a physical game throwing a lot of hits and blocking a lot of shots for banger leaguers. His offensive game is limited but he does own a bomb of a shot. Peter Harling

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth June 23, 2000
Height 6‘3”
Weight 203 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 5; Overall: 150

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Detroit Honeybaked QC Int PW2 0 00 2|        
 2013-2014 Little Caesars 13U AAAHPHL 13U20 0 44 14|        
 2014-2015 Little Caesars 14U AAAHPHL 14U17 3 47 8|        
 2015-2016 Team Royal USA-S155 0 44 -|        
  Little Caesars 16U AAAHPHL 16U8 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Compuware 16U AAAHPHL 16U20 1 34 32|        
  Team Orange USA-S165 0 66 -|        
 2017-2018 Fargo ForceUSHL32 0 33 18|        
  Team Royal USA-S175 2 02 -|        
  Chicago SteelUSHL20 0 00 4|Playoffs3 0 00
 2018-2019 Sioux Falls StampedeUSHL62 2 1719 38|Playoffs12 1 34 14 
 2019-2020 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA34 7 411 48|        
 2020-2021 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA29 10 1323 16|        
 2021-2022 Univ. of MassachusettsNCAA37 6 1117 22|        
  Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL15 0 33 8|Playoffs18 1 12
 2022-2023 St. Louis BluesNHL2 0 00 0|        
  Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL71 5 2833 66|Playoffs2 0 00
 2023-2024 St. Louis BluesNHL22 0 22 8|        
  Springfield ThunderbirdsAHL29 2 46 12|        

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