Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Days

Kessel has just two points -- a goal and an assist -- and is minus-10 in his last nine games.

Prior to this slump, he had 41 points in 38 games and hovered near the top of league scoring. Now, his name swirls in trade rumors and he's unfairly being blamed for the Leafs' current skid. Kessel remains an excellent fantasy play and will rebound from this slump. He may be available for the taking in a trade, especially from a frustrated Leafs' fan in a keeper format. Target him for the long term.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 9 Days

Kessel was held off the scoresheet in Saturday's loss to the Blues. It was the fourth straight game that he was held without a point.

He has just two points -- both in the same game -- in six games since coach Randy Carlyle was fired. We have to wonder about his ability to fit into the Leafs' new defensive scheme -- he's getting back defensively, but he seems tentative in the offensive zone. Hopefully he can get things figured out soon. The Leafs and fantasy owners alike need that. Bad.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 16 Days

Kessel will be the Maple Leafs' only representative at the 2015 NHL all-star game in Columbus on Jan. 25.

Heading into action Saturday, he was tied with Sidney Crosby and Vladimir Tarasenko for eighth in league scoring with 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists). He has been one of the NHL's most consistent and durable performers over the last five or six years, and is well deserving of this honor (despite the protests of some fans).

Phil Kessel RW TOR 17 Days

Kessel potted his 19th goal of the season, dished out an assist, and recorded seven shots on goal in Friday's win over Columbus.

After going three straight games without a point, Kessel got back on track Friday. The 27-year-old now has 19 goals and 43 points in 42 games, ranking him eighth in league scoring. With 14 multi-point games and the likelihood of another 80-point season, Kessel is simply a must-start every game.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 19 Days

Kessel, who has just one goal in the last 10 games, was called out Tuesday by former Leafs' coach Ron Wilson as "uncoachable," unreliable and moody on TSN 1050 Toronto.

Kessel lost it on a Toronto Star reporter on Tuesday, accusing the reporter of suggesting he was the reason that coach Randy Carlyle was fired. Kessel has always been talented, but enigmatic, and lately, he's been accused of beating to his own drum inside a team structure. Fantasy owners don't mind that so much, as long as he's producing. But he's slumping a bit right now. He needs to pick things up to show fans, media and fantasy owners that the criticism is ill-founded.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 26 Days

Kessel notched a power-play goal and added an assist in Wednesday's shootout win over the Bruins. The goal was his first in seven games.

He's still been getting points -- he now has 12, including nine assists, in his last 10 games. You know what to do.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 28 Days

Kessel's assist Monday was his 10th point in his last 10 games. However, he hasn't scored a goal in six games.

Snipers often go stretches without scoring, so not to worry -- he's still delivering points. His 39 points in 37 games put him squarely in the league's top-10 scorers. Use him well.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel picked up two more assists, this time in a 4-0 win over the Stars on Tuesday night. He now has seven points, including five assists, in his last five games.

He has 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games this season, a pace that would see him deliver a career-best 89 points if he keeps it up. It should be noted that 15 of those points have come on the power play -- that's remarkable given that he only tallied 20 points there in 82 games last season. Stick him in your lineup and forget about him.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel gathered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers.

Because of the Leafs' horrid effort on the defensive end, Kessel was saddled with a minus-2 rating for the night, marking the third negative rating he's taken in his last four games. Even so, fantasy owners likely drafted Kessel for his scoring ability, and he continues to do that about as well as could have been expected. He's notched 17 goals and 19 assists across his 33 games on the campaign.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.

Remarkably, the two even-strength points doubled his even-strength output from the previous 11 games. The so-called lack of even-strength production will drive Leafs' fans nuts, but make his fantasy owners flat-out giddy with the special-teams production. Kessel is fabulous fantasy play right now -- his current streak stands at five games and seven points, including four goals, and he has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his last nine contests.