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Phil Kessel playing like Team USA first-liner?

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11:39 AM ET 11.03 | The great progress Phil Kessel has made as a player will be further indicated by his place on Team USA come the Olympics in Sochi. In Vancouver, even playing for his own coach Ron Wilson, he was just another guy with the American team. The more important the moment, the less he played. Four years later, I figure Kessel on a first or second line, maybe with Maple Leafs teammate James van Riemsdyk on his wing. He is the leading scorer among American players in the NHL.

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November 3, 2013  12:16 PM ET

Phil Kessel playing like Team USA first-liner?

Staypuft gets lost on the NHL ice surface. On the bigger sheet he'll be all but invisible. So as a Canadian.....I'm all for it. Make him Captain too and pay him 30 minutes a game. :-)

November 3, 2013  01:25 PM ET

I thought team usa was all about playing with some grit and doing more with less...

November 3, 2013  02:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I thought team usa was all about playing with some grit and doing more with less...

I'm fine with it ... as long as he doesn't attempt to fight a Canadian player. Russian? Yes. Swedish? Yes. Canadian? Noooooooo way!

November 3, 2013  05:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I'm fine with it ... as long as he doesn't attempt to fight a Canadian player. Russian? Yes. Swedish? Yes. Canadian? Noooooooo way!

He's no fighter.

He will play for the states, and he is worth having on the team. That wasn't a fight....it was a fall that got broken up after a shove.

 
November 3, 2013  09:44 PM ET

He'll make the team, but I'm not sure about him being on the first line.

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