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N. Kadri discussion thread v12
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10-12-2012, 09:42 PM
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Sure, no problem. I think zeke touched on what I wanted to say below. When I say he took a step back I don't necessarily mean that he got a lot worse- moreso that he didn't advance in his development at all.
With that said, though, I do think he was 'worse' this past season. From the handful of Marlies games I saw, he was a non-factor for the majority of his shifts. Sure, he occasionally chimes in with an offensive spark, but it isn't all that frequent. In his first season in the AHL he had that 'swagger' and was much more dangerous offensively. He made those high-level passes. There was one game I was at in his pro rookie season, and he got three beautiful assists in the game- he absolutely dominated the offensive zone. Last year, from what I saw of him, he was less involved. He seemed to float around a lot, and his 'nifty mittens' were less effective.
Again, I like Kadri, and I hope he'll become an NHLer. But I expected his stats to explode (or at least increase) last year, but they didn't. He didn't seem overly superior to the average AHL player, and that's why he wasn't called up full-time.
I have always found that he doesnt seem to have a high gear. I see him play his pace, he is good but he doesnt have that burst like Crosby, Stamkos, Staal or even Grabo or Kessel. Those are players that can and will empty the tank if they see they have a decent chance entering the zone.
He is more nifty than authoratative if that makes sense?
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