Actually Kesler's the one who can pass.
Staal has a career high of 28 assists in 82 games.
Kesler has a career high of 50 assists in 82 games.
Also, before you say it, Kesler wasn't on the 1st pp unit back then.
Yeah, I think it'd be wise for Kesler to go back to that pass first approach if only to become a less predictable player because that will certainly make him a much more dangerous offensive player. It's not like Booth, Higgins etc haven't already proven they can be 20g guys quite easily (both have three 20g seasons under their belts already).
Look to set up your teammates, Kesler.
Kesler can pass, when he wants to.
I believe Miller is correct about Kesler's play. He has gotten away from passing as often as he had in previous seasons. I don't think it's too much of a co-incidence that Kesler went to 40+ goals in one season while his linemate's production tailed off (regardless of injuries or slumps in play).