Fantasy Take: Phil! Kessel Heading to Vegas

Michael Clifford

2022-08-25

There were a handful of notable names still on the free agency board once Nazem Kadri was signed, among them Paul Stastny, P.K. Subban, and Phil Kessel. In a bit of serendipity, Stastny was signed just hours after I posted a Ramblings discussing what these guys could bring to the fantasy game when (if) whey were signed.

Fast forward two days, and another was taken off the board as Vegas has signed Kessel to a one-year deal:

He carries a $1.5M cap hit. Let's get into it.

What Vegas Gets

To save some time, it's probably best to go just read that Ramblings linked above. We discussed what Kessel did in Arizona, the skills and deficits he can bring to a team, and what we might be able to expect from him moving forward.

When it comes to Vegas specifically, it's a matter of where he ends up in their line combinations. They have Mark Stone and Reilly Smith as right wingers that would likely be ahead of Kessel on the depth chart. That would push Kessel to the third line and with the likes of Nicolas Roy or Chandler Stephenson, rather than up the lineup with Jonathan Marchessault or Jack Eichel. Or they could move Smith to his strong