Most Likely to Succeed: Toronto Maple Leafs

Updated: September 22, 2010 at 11:31 am by Alexander Monaghan

Most likely to Succeed is our newest series which points out one player from every team and explains why that player is poised to increase their point totals. While some teams may have more than one player likely to breakout and some none, we will focus on the ones who actually should improve with a full healthy season. File this article under a sleeper-type but sleepers would not be called that if people saw them coming.

If we could say one good thing about Phil Kessel, it would be that he holds an uncanny talent for putting the puck in the net.

Over the past two years, the 23-year-old right wing potted a tidy 66 goals while missing 24 games collectively.  He scores in 47 percent of his games which is just a scary statistic and an excellent example of a cheaper option which will let you gamble elsewhere in the draft.  Last season, Kessel proved he could score on a poor Toronto Maple Leafs team.  His supporting cast should be a bit better this season, which could help him even more.

His O-rank of 63 puts him in the 5th-6th round range, an excellent value.  Be sure to keep him in the back of your mind when drafting.

Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs