YardBarker- Phil Kessel is a great player, there’s no doubting that, but getting some respect from his peers hasn’t been so easy.
The Pittsburgh Penguins right winger was voted as the NHL’s most overrated player, according to Postmedia’s latest players poll. It’s not the first time he’s been No. 1 in this category.
Kessel received 29 percent of the vote, with Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Ottawa Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf coming in second place at 11 percent. No other player cracked the 10 percent threshold.
Overrated? Overrated?!? Let me take this time to remind the players that the question wasn't "who is the more overweighted?", so maybe we can stop fat shaming and realize that it's a minor miracle that Phil Kessel can even bend over to tie his skates. If anything, Phil Kessel is under-appreciated, not overrated. A consistent 60 point a year player that looks like he ate his way through a midlife crisis and has a flat out addiction to hot dogs? How can you look at this guy, recognize he's a productive offensive player in the best hockey league in the world, and consider him overrated...
I am absolutely mystified every time I see Phil Kessel fly through the neutral zone with the puck. Whenever I watch a Penguins game I pay close attention half expecting him to put his hands on his knees and start desperately panting in the middle of his shift. Phil Kessel should be commended for walking up the stairs without having heart palpitations, and he's competing against some of the world's best athletes. How can a marvel of modern science be overrated? The guy is singlehandedly transcending physics. I'm starting to think the rest of his peers are just jealous that they have to eat healthy and actually workout to perform to the best of their abilities, instead of just regressing into a fat, sloppy, balding mess that somehow still has a steady scoring touch. I think that's what it is. The NHL - as a whole - is envious of Phil Kessel's success. I would be too if I was eating bland grilled chicken and kale every night, while Phil Kessel was crushing fully loaded Nathan's hot dogs and outscoring me.You can call Phil Kessel a lot of things but considering I would be impressed by anyone else of his body type doing more than 10 pushups, overrated is not one of them.