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Slumping Bruins must now face red-hot Phil Kessel

10.20.11 at 12:49 am ET
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Phil Kessel is returning to Boston once again, and this time he probably has more confidence than ever.

The former Bruin, whose trade to the Maple Leafs is still closely monitored to this day, has been a statistical monster early on this season. While Tyler Seguin, drafted with one of the three picks received in the 2009 trade between the Leafs and B’s, leads Boston with five points, Kessel more than doubles that with a league-leading 12 points. Kessel added to his already league-leading goal total with his seventh tally of the season in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Jets. He also had two points Wednesday.

The Bruins used the final pick of the deal in June’s draft, selecting Niagara (OHL) defenseman Dougie Hamilton ninth overall. Here’s a quick look at the players from the trade this season.

MAPLE LEAFS

Phil Kessel                5 GP      7 G      5 A      12 P

BRUINS

Tyler Seguin             6 GP      1 G       4 A       5 P

Jared Knight             9 GP      7 G      3 A       10 P
(London, OHL)

Dougie Hamilton     9 GP      5 G      12 A     17 P
(Niagara, OHL)

Though the Leafs have done poorly enough to get the Bruins top-10 draft picks in each of the last two seasons, they, like Kessel, are off to a great start to the 2011-12 campaign. Toronto has yet to lose a game in regulation this season (4-0-1) and leads the Northeast division with nine points. The Bruins, meanwhile, are 2-4-0.

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