Nazem Kadri at 6’ 1” and 177 lbs is not a big powerful center like long time Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin. But Kadri will always bring a fearless kind of play, that will revival other young prospect that have recently come up in the NHL. Kadri’s fearless play involves playing a solid two way offensive and defensive game, with no fear of going into the corners and no fear of physical contact (though Kadri is not a fighter). His 6’ 1” frame does help his already advance puck handling skills. There was some controversy that Kadri was ready to play in the NHL right after he was drafted, but when Brian Burke was in Anaheim, he brought up players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry slow in terms of bringing them up to the NHL level. This Burke is not going to force the situation with Kadri if he and Ron Wilson believe that he is not ready for top line minutes.
For this coming season I see Kadri being the top point producer of the 3rd line. I don’t see him playing full time in the top 6, unless there are some injuries. Kadri should be starting off on the wing, with Tyler Bozak as his center man. Then I expect when Matthew Lombardi comes back from his concussion, he would be the third line center and Bozak moves down to 4th line duties.
As much as I would like to see Kadri be a top point producer on the Maple Leafs as soon as possible. Everyone his time will come and we just have to be patient.
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