Luongo Thread - Waiting on the World to Change (Mod Warning in OP)
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10-26-2012, 07:04 PM
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I keep going back and forth on Kadri. After watching a few Marlies games, I think AV will eat him alive. Realistically, he's David Booth when he first came to Van. Their defensive shortcomings and risky plays entering the o-zone were near identical. David Booth was 27 and he managed to 'buy in' to AV's system and turn things around. Kadri is 22, theoretically easier to mold, I think he could be taught.
Unlike in Tor, Van can flank him with a glutton of strong 2-way wingers and solid defensemen. They did the same with Hodgy, but Kadri has an added luxury of being able to play wing.
The work ethic/nutrition situation could be comparable to Kassian. Gillis said 'he's young, he's still learning', then they sent him touring N. America last summer to train. Look at him now, he's lost weight, gained strength and a full stride.
Despite what many people believe, AV has a good track record developing players and young guys. I think he could work in Van.
David Booth is also 215lbs and takes the puck to the net...Kadri plays every game like its shinny and he wants to be flashy. That said I dont even get the basis for comparison between Booth and Kadri.
Didn't like Kadri when I watched him with the Kitchener Rangers as a 17 year old. Stil dont....I know he has a lot of puck skills, but so did Robbie Schrempf.
Kadri being a tertiary piece is one thing, him being the focal point of the package would forever tarnish anything MG has ever done.
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