Kessel easily intimidated?

Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

Another Toronto Maple Leaf has topped a Sports Illustrated poll -- and that's not necessarily a positive thing.

Phil Kessel was voted the easiest all-star-calibre player to intimidate in the magazine's survey of 145 NHL players, the results of which became public Tuesday.

In January, Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf was voted the most overrated player in the NHL.

In the latest survey, right winger Kessel was named on 15% of ballots.

The Sedin brothers, Henrik and Daniel, polled 8%, with numerous voters picking both on the same ballot. Individually, Henrik was at 3% and Daniel at 1%.

Coincidentally, Leafs general manager Brian Burke -- who claims to prefer belligerent and truculent types -- drafted the two Sedins and traded for Kessel.

Up next in the latest poll was Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin at 7%, followed by Chicago Blackhawks centre Patrick Kane and New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk, both at 3%.


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