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Rielly explains that Kessel’s ‘a mutant, almost’


James OBrien

To put it mildly, Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel is on the top of his game right now. He extended his point streak to seven games (six goals, eight assists) with this goal on Tuesday:

Update: Kessel also scored another goal, giving him 26 on the season. The Maple Leafs won 5-2.

His teammate Morgan Rielly probably said it best when he provided TSN’s Jonas Siegel with this gem of analysis:

“He’s a mutant almost,” Rielly said.

That observation begs the question: what “superpowers” or “mutant abilities” might Kessel have? A few guesses:

  • Super acceleration despite looking a little chubby in photos (Rick Nash also possesses or at least possessed this ability)
  • The ability to score tons of goals and still get blamed for his team’s failures.
  • Impervious to over-sized media pressure.
  • Gifted at mocking Tyler Bozak for playing video games (warning: a little NSFW).

Any other powers to add?

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