Phil Kessel was traded to the Arizona Coyotes by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Kessel is a stud NHL Sniper. The 31-year-old forward is coming off a 27 goal, 82 point season. “Phil The Thrill”, reportedly has a great relationship with Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet.
Kessel will definitely add scoring-punch to Arizona. He has 823 points (357 goals, 466 assists) in 996 games with the Bruins, Maple Leafs and Penguins.
Pittsburgh receives forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman prospect Pierre-Olivier Joseph in the trade, Arizona also got a draft pick and minor league defenseman Dane Birks.
The Penguins have reportedly had interest in Galchenyuk for quite some time. The Coyotes initially acquired the 25-year-old forward from the Canadiens last off-season, lasting just one season where he picked up 19 goals and 41 points in 72 games this season.
Joseph is the younger brother of Tampa Bay forward Mathieu Joseph. Pierre-Olivier was a first-round pick of the Coyotes in 2017, 23rd overall. He split last season between Drummondville and Charlottetown of the QMJHL, picking up nine goals and 47 points in 62 games. He’s a solid prospect who should start the next season in the AHL as he continues to try and put on some weight.
Both, Star players in this trade should see a uptick in fantasy value.