Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 11/19/14

BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 18: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on December 18, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Image by Getty Images via @daylifeCheck out what former Boston Bruins player and NESN Hockey Analyst Andy Brickley had to say about former Gopher and Boston Bruins forward Phil Kessel, some interesting things. [Click to listen] Not real flattering.

Brickley said, "I think he was just an really immature kid, he had some baggage, personal baggage when the Bruins first drafted him and they [Bruins] were well aware of it, the immaturity factor. Expectations level not only by the Bruins organization but for Phil himself, I don't think he was prepared for that. Could not not handle criticism, could not handle that you have to earn your ice time,kind of Claude Julian system or whoever was coaching or just the Bruins organizational belief, I don't think he was ready for that.

And then when he had a break out year where season where he scored a bunch of goals he saw how much money everyone was else making across the league, based on those numbers and he wanted that money then and there and the Bruins weren't prepared to pay him."

Sounds like an entitlement player.
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