Has Nazem Kadri Arrived Just in Time for The Toronto Maple Leafs?

By Anthony Sicilia
Photographed by Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Nazem Kadri has plenty of skill. He is a hard working Maple Leaf center man. It seems that with every win or loss, the eyes of Leafs Nation are always focused on #43. Kadri’’s skill with the puck is unmatched teammates and coaches say.

“He seems to have the puck on a string with every touch of the puck,” says teammate and left winger James Van Reimsdyk.   A break out performance occurred for him during a match up on the road while playing the New York  Islanders.  The game happened on Feb. 28, of this year.  In that game, with the Islanders, Kadri netted a hat trick that night.

Maybe the old saying is true. “If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.”

Since the game of the hat-trick, Kadri seems to gain points whether he is scoring or setting up goals which leads to an assist on the play.

The energetic Maple Leaf flat out feels that he had the mindset going into the shortened season that he wanted to prove to the organization that he belongs with the big club.

“I knew going into this season that I really wanted to make a name for myself, when it’s good, it’s great.” Tonight the Leafs were playing host to the 11 ranked Tampa Bay Lightning. In that, Kadri assisted on three helpers.

Even though Kadri didn’t score a goal in tonight’s game, he played a part in manufacturing three out of four goals. Currently, Kadri has played 30 games, scored 11 goals and has 19 assists.  If the Toronto Maple Leafs do make a run in this year’s playoff than without a doubt the 22-year-old London native would be a big reason why and that’s something Leafs Nation won’t soon forget.


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