Phil Kessel RW TOR 2 Days

Kessel scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's win over the Flyers.

It's Phil's first multi-point game since Jan. 9 -- yes, it's been that long. He typically goes on streaks, so pray he does now. This prolonged slump (nine points in 22 games) is making fantasy owners suffer miserably.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 18 Days

Kessel saw just 12:57 of action in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. His ice time in the first two periods was under 7:30.He finished minus-4 and was clearly disinterested in backchecking, coasting in straight-legged after goals were scored on James Reimer. So coach Peter Horachek shuffled the sniper to the fourth line. We'll see how long this lasts or if it even registers with the enigmatic winger.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 21 Days

Kessel fired six shots on net and found twine once in the Leafs' 5-1 win over the Oilers on Saturday night.

He looked more like the Kessel of old during the game. The goal lifted a huge weight off his shoulders and he's now got a point in each of his last two games. The victory snapped an franchise worst 11-game losing streak, so fingers crossed the team starts its climb back up. His owners need that -- he has just six points in his last 16 games.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 22 Days

Kessel recorded a power-play assist in Friday's loss to the Devils.

Kessel found Tyler Bozak for the Leafs' only goal in their 11th straight loss. The star winger has put just two shots on goal over the last two games and doesn't seem to be playing with much motivation right now. Since the start of January, he's accrued only two goals and three assists over 16 games.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel snapped a seven-game goal drought with his 20th of the season in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.

It was his first even-strength goal since Dec. 16 -- it came against the struggling Mike Smith, who gave Kessel the five hole. Fingers' crossed this is the start of a solid offensive rebound.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel fired four shots, but failed to pick up a point in Wednesday's shootout loss to New Jersey. He has not scored an even-strength goal since Dec. 16.

This has to be the worst slump of his career. He does have 13 points in the last 19 games, but just three (one goal, two assists) in 11 games since the calendar flipped to 2015. He's too talented to stay this cold, but his owners may be impatient. Keeper owners may be able to acquire him a little easier in trade as a result. It's worth asking.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 2 Months

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 2 Months

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.