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Nazem Kadri

Well Leafs Nation, you got what you asked for! Nazem Kadri has landed and if he continues to produce the way he has, he will not be featuring at the Ricoh Coliseum ever again. He has yet to score his first NHL goal but he has registered 3 assists in 2 games. Those 3 assists came on passes to Kessel and Versteeg – both of whom were in a bit of a scoring funk.

All of the preseason talk was about who would get the big guns the  puck. Tyler Bozak was supposed to be the guy and although he has not played badly, he has not had the impact that many were hoping that he would have. He clearly was not gelling with Versteeg in particular, resulting in the ex-Chicago winger being held off the score sheet and being removed from the top line.

Kadri’s 2 assist night against the New Jersey Devils was hopefully not the exception, but what will be the norm for both the team and Kadri. He has shown  the ability to find the right guys at the right time and in the right position resulting in some quality scoring chances. Players with the skill set of Kessel in particular will have a field day if the chemistry continues to develop.

Truth be told, I was one of the people who was saying that Kadri needs more time in the AHL to develop as a player. I felt that he was not strong enough to keep up with the elite in the best hockey league in the world. Well thankfully dude is making me, Burke and several others look like we got it all wrong. With the vision and creativity the kid looks like he belongs. He appears to be aware of what he can and cannot do and is playing within these parameters.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here but if (and that’s a HUGE if) Nazim Kadri continues to develop, we’re going to be in for some good times in Leaf land. Lets wait and see!

Go Leafs Go!

  1. smoodguru
    November 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    The move goes to show just how little depth the leafs have on the active roster and the farm team. Its definitely a desperation move as the Leafs were showing they are unable to generate goals and the move appears to be paying off had Kadri has created some good scoring chances for his linemates and the team appears to be producing goals on multiple lines right now. Having said that a lot of the goals have been pp goals and we need to be able to score on 5 on 5 chances too.

    Having said that I think Kadri can be a good player in this league. He has the skill set, he confidence and just needs to keep improving his game mentally to catch up to his physical talents. Much like Luke Schenn some quality time with veteran leaders and people to mentor him on the finer things will do wonders for his development.

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