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A big strong defenseman who’s has some underrated offense to his game.


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January 2024- Since being acquired by the Coyotes close to the 2023 NHL trade deadline, Kesselring has made a serious name for himself in the Arizona organization.

Michael’s dad, Casey Kesselring, played professional hockey in the ECHL for many years. Michael was actually born in South Carolina during his father’s playing career. Casey got into coaching in 2003 and has served as a minor, high school and junior head coach since. Michael was coached by his father during his high school tenure at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. At the conclusion of his senior year of high school, Kesselring finished the campaign off with Des Moines of the USHL and was drafted by Edmonton that summer during the 2018 draft, in the sixth round, 164th overall. Despite playing mostly in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council up to and including his draft year, not exactly a heavily scouted league, Kesselring’s physical attributes (6-5) and strong hockey sense stood out. Committed to Northeastern, he played one more year in the USHL before two campaigns in college for the Huskies. Much like his time at Northeastern, with Bakersfield at the pro level, he played more of a defensive defenseman style. During his third year of pro though, Kesselring started to show more offense, scoring 13 goals and 22 points in 49 games before being traded to Arizona along with a third-round pick for Nick Bjugstad and Cam Dineen on March 2, 2023. He was immediately recalled to the NHL and appeared in nine games for Arizona to finish off the year, racking up three assists.

He has continued to exceed expectations with Arizona. While in the past Kesselring was told to be just a big defensive defenseman, he’s been pushed to play a more offense and his confidence has continued to rise. At four goals and 10 points in 23 games this year, Kesselring has been an impressive surprise. Keith Duggan

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7
NHL Certainty 8
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth January 13, 2000
Height 6‘5”
Weight 220 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 164

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 New Hampton School USHS-Prep36 3 47 -|        
 2015-2016 New Hampton School USHS-Prep40 5 1116 -|        
 2016-2017 New Hampton School USHS-Prep30 8 2028 -|        
  New Hampshire Avalanche 16U AAAEJEPL 16U2 0 11 0|        
 2017-2018 Team Kelly USA-S175 2 13 -|        
  New Hampton School USHS-Prep38 11 2334 23|        
  Des Moines BuccaneersUSHL12 0 22 2|        
 2018-2019 Des Moines BuccaneersUSHL33 2 1012 8|        
  Fargo ForceUSHL33 7 1522 20|Playoffs2 0 00
 2019-2020 Northeastern Univ.NCAA34 2 35 35|        
 2020-2021 Northeastern Univ.NCAA20 5 38 23|        
  Bakersfield CondorsAHL21 1 23 10|Playoffs6 0 33
 2021-2022 Bakersfield CondorsAHL55 2 1113 45|Playoffs4 0 00
 2022-2023 Bakersfield CondorsAHL49 13 922 40|        
  Arizona CoyotesNHL9 0 33 6|        
  Tucson RoadrunnersAHL10 2 57 7|Playoffs3 0 00
 2023-2024 Arizona CoyotesNHL40 4 812 39|        
  Tucson RoadrunnersAHL6 0 00 11|        

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