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Kessel, Seguin might be All-Star Game linemates

Jan 27, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

Kessel Seguin

Lost in the subplots that emerged from last night’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft — Team Alfredsson hoarding all the Senators and Swedes, Zdeno Chara taking Tim Thomas with his second pick — was a pretty interesting storyline:

Phil Kessel and Tyler Seguin have an opportunity to be linemates.

Chara and assistant captain Joffrey Lupul took Kessel *relatively* early in the draft, eighth round, 15th overall, freeing him from the shackles of his Mr. Irrelevant title (which would later be bestowed on San Jose’s Logan Couture.)

Chara then spared Seguin the ignominy of going last overall by selecting Boston’s sophomore sensation in Round 18 with Couture, Jason Pominville and Jamie Benn still on the board.

Upon being selected, Seguin realized that he and Kessel — who will forever be linked by “the trade” — had a pretty good chance of playing together.

““I said ‘Kess, I think we’re linemates,'” Seguin told the Boston Herald. “[Kessel] said ‘That be cool. I think the media would like it.'”

“The trade” has been contentious ever since Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli signed off on it in Sept. 2009. The bounty of draft picks Burke paid for Kessel has stockpiled Boston’s prospect cupboard: Seguin is in his second year with the B’s while Jared Knight (32nd overall, 2010 Draft) and Dougie Hamilton (9th overall, 2011 Draft) are two of the OHL’s top players. Knight’s a point-a-game guy with the London Knights while Hamilton has 50 points in 34 games for Niagara — as a defenseman.

That said, Kessel’s been good for the Leafs. He’s made consecutive All-Star games and scored 88 goals in two-and-a-half seasons with the Leafs.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 27, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Jesus, Knight’s that good? I knew Hamilton was a walking death engine, but that makes the trade even more depressing. I didn’t even think that was possible.

    And I LIKE Kessel. He’s been GREAT for the Leafs. It’s just… Jesus, Seguin might still end up outperforming him ON HIS OWN in the future, to say nothing of what’ll happen when the other two make it to the roster.

    Guess there’s no sense looking back on it, though. Neither team expected Toronto’s draft picks to be that high. Boston was as shocked as anyone else at their fortune.

    • creasemasta41 - Jan 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

      Too be fair, when Burke made the trade he was expecting more immediate dividends from Kessel which would lead to a higher position in the standings and possibly playoffs.
      I would imagine that in his mind at the time, he figured he would be giving up a 12-18 overall pick, a 42-58 overall pick and another 12-18 overall pick in the next draft. Im sure if we could redo that trade he would in a second.
      Imagine if somehow Burke could’ve pulled off the trade and still keep that initial first rounder that turned into Seguin, then he’d look like a genius and have one of the most lethal top lines for years to come in Kessel, Seguin, and Lupul.

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