Future Flyers Report: Kessel’s Offensive Weekend

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Blake Kessel is regarded as one of the better defenseman on the Trenton Titans. At 6’2″, 203 pounds, Kessel does a great job in his own end of the rink and can pitch in offensively as well. In his final two years at the University of New Hampshire and his time with the Adirondack Phantoms last season, Kessel posted a total of 16 goals and 67 assists in 133 games.

This weekend, Kessel had a three-assist game on Saturday and a two-point game yesterday. Thanks to Stephen Schultz’s four-goal game on Saturday, Kessel showed his ability to start a scoring play, as all three of his helpers were secondary assists in the Titans’ win. As for yesterday’s contest, Kessel opened the scoring only minutes into the affair and provided the primary helper on Schultz’s goal later in the first period in the Titans’ 5-3 road win over the Reading Royals.

Following Kessel’s five points in Trenton’s last two games, the defenseman now has six goals and 16 assists in 38 games this season.

Kessel was drafted by the New York Islanders in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft. Picked 166th overall, Kessel caught New York’s eye more than some noteworthy names to be selected later in that round. The group of Johan Harju, Carl Hagelin, Dustin Jeffrey, Nick Bonino, and Paul Byron were taken within the 15 picks following Kessel in the sixth round.

After the Islanders failed to sign the blue liner to an entry-level contract, the Flyers did so in September of 2011. Kessel played in 56 games for Adirondack last season, where he potted one goal and posted 17 helpers.

As for the AHL this year, Kessel has taken part in three contests for the Phantoms. He posted an even rating with no points or PIMs in Adirondack’s 3-2 shootout win over the Binghamton Senators on January 11th, the Phantoms’ 2-1 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on January 14th, and the team’s 2-1 victory over the Worcester Sharks on January 24th.


  1. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) – 98 points (26 goals and 72 assists), plus-24, and 73 PIMs in 58 games.
  2. Taylor Leier (Portland Winterhawks, WHL) – 55 points (26 goals and 29 assists), plus-40, and 52 PIMs in 56 games.
  3. Scott Laughton (Philadelphia Flyers and Oshawa Generals) – 50 points (22 goals and 28 assists), plus-19, and 64 PIMs in 43 games.
  4. Marcel Noebels (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 40 points (17 goals and 23 assists), minus-10, and 16 PIMs in 52 games.
  5. Jason Akeson (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 37 points (Nine goals and 28 assists), minus-11, and 30 PIMs in 52 games.
  6. Derek Mathers (Peterborough Petes, OHL) – 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists), plus-2, and 110 PIMs in 60 games.
  7. Tye McGinn (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 20 points (14 goals and Six assists), minus-8, and 66 PIMs in 48 games.
  8. Harry Zolnierczyk (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 18 points (Nine goals and Nine assists), minus-11, and 58 PIMs in 50 games.
  9. Matt Mangene (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 14 points (Three goals and 11 assists), minus-14, and 29 PIMs in 36 games.
  10. Shane Harper (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 11 points (Six goals and Five assists), minus-16, and 33 PIMs in 43 games.
  11. Eric Wellwood (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 11 points (Five goals and Six assists), minus-1, and eight PIMs in 44 games.
  12. Ben Holmstrom (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Two goals and Six assists), plus-3, and 29 PIMs in 22 games.
  13. Garrett Roe (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Eight points (Four goals and Four assists) and 29 PIMs in 33 games.
  14. Michael Parks (University of North Dakota, NCAA) – Seven points (Six goals and One assist) and eight PIMs in 15 games.
  15. Andrew Johnston (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Six points (Three goals and Three assists), minus-10, and 11 PIMs in 37 games.
  16. Tyler Brown (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (Two goals and Two assists), minus-10, and 24 PIMs in 41 games.
  17. Mike Testwuide (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Two goals, minus-1, and 27 PIMs in 19 games.
  18. Petr Placek (Harvard University, NCAA) – Two goals, minus-8, and 16 PIMs in 24 games.


  1. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals, OHL) – 23 points (Five goals and 18 assists), plus-1, and 54 PIMs in 60 games.
  2. Blake Kessel (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 22 points (Six goals and 16 assists), minus-9, and 18 PIMs in 41 games.
  3. Erik Gustafsson (Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms) – 20 points (Four goals and 16 assists), minus-10, and 39 PIMs in 37 games.
  4. Shayne Gostisbehere (Union College, NCAA) – 19 points (Six goals and 13 assists) and 11 PIMs in 28 games.
  5. Tyler Hostetter (Trenton Titans, ECHL) – 16 assists, minus-11, and 37 PIMs in 38 games.
  6. Brandon Manning (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – 14 points (Six goals and Eight assists), minus-19, and 144 PIMs in 50 games.
  7. Nick Luukko (University of Vermont, NCAA) – 10 points (Three goals and Seven assists) and 16 PIMs in 30 games.
  8. Fredric Larsson (Brynas J20, SuperElit) – Eight points (Four goals and Four assists), plus-3, and 51 PIMs in 24 games.
  9. Mark Alt (University of Minnesota, NCAA) – Six assists, plus-16, and 20 PIMs in 31 games.
  10. Valeri Vasilyev (Spartak Moscow, KHL and MHC Spartak, MHL) – Six points (Two goals and Four assists), plus-4, and 59 PIMs in 37 games.
  11. Oliver Lauridsen (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Five assists and 57 PIMs in 46 games.
  12. Marc-Andre Bourdon (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL) – Four points (One goal and Three assists), minus-5, and 59 PIMs in 17 games.
  13. Matthew Konan (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – Three assists, minus-9, and 38 PIMs in 26 games.
  14. Reece Willcox (Cornell University, NCAA) – Three assists, plus-2, and four PIMs in 27 games.


  1. Anthony Stolarz (London Knights and University of Nebraska-Omaha) – 8-2-1, 2.18 GAA, and .927 save percentage with the Knights. 2-5-0, 2.56 GAA, and .898 save percentage with the Mavericks.
  2. Cal Heeter (Adirondack Phantoms and Trenton Titans) – 8-12-1, 2.79 GAA, and .912 save percentage with the Phantoms. 1-1-0, 3.21 GAA, and .909 save percentage with the Titans.