Gabe Desjardins, commandant of Behind The Net, yesterday put up the clearest objective demonstration--that I've seen--of what we all subjectively suspect/know: that Ryan Kesler is only partly human.
Link here. He rates players' according to how well they're outperforming their expected ES Corsi. If that sounds like gibberish, it's basically a measure of how well a player gets the puck moving north at 5-on-5; Kesler's third in the league behind Nashville's apparently-dynamic duo of Martin Erat and Marcel Goc (to be known henceforth as a single entity called Rat Gooch). Nashville's surprising duo aside, I'd say the list passes the sniff test, with the Eurotwins, Lidstrom, Weber, Keith, Ovechkin, Bergeron, Suter, Marleau, Toews, Hossa, and Pavelski all dotting the top-30.
I love it when Canucks do well, but does Kes have to do so well in a contract year? I'm sure the guys at M&G and C&B have already forwarded that link to Kurt Overhardt several hundred times.