Thread: Prospect Info: N. Kadri discussion thread v12
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10-15-2012, 01:29 PM
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All that aside, what are your impressions of Kadri and the Marlies after watching the 1st 2 Games?
I saw the 1st game live.. I came way pretty impressed.

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Nazem Kadri was the among the best forwards last night. He's got great hands and even better vision. Last night, he was literally a pure playmaker, passing all throughout the game. Has the ability to make tape-to-tape passes through heavy traffic and even when it seems impossible. Really would have liked to see him take some shots though.. He was also pretty engaged as he had a little scrum with Girgensons.(who didn't look out of place for a 18yr old kid who was playing in the USHL last season)
Whenever he passes the opposing teams blueline he projects confidence which gets the defenseman to back-off a bit. This situation led directly to Gardiner's goal as Kadri entered the zone with speed and then dropped the puck off to Gardiner who wired it home.

He seemed pretty strong on his skates, didn't notice him getting pushed around like he was with the Leafs at times. And for all the ire he seems to draw for being overly pretty with the puck, he rarely stickhandled and seemed to rather carry the puck and utilize his vision to make a sweet tape-to-tape pass.

Most of his detractors: Slow, weak, not good defensively, too pretty.. Didn't show up at all in this game. He played at the same pace as every other player, didn't get pushed around, was winning faceoffs at center, backchecking and rarely stickhandled. He's got such a heavy shot and it was a shame it took until around the 3rd period for him to register his first shot.

He definitely shined in this game.

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