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11-15-2012, 08:18 PM
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Kadri has consistently taken far less penalties than he's drawn. He's been one of the better Leafs in terms of puck possession and he's only 20 years old. He's definitely NHL ready. His first 51 games he has 19 points, which is 31 over a full season. Not many prospects put up a 31 point season in their first year at age 20/21.
How young does Gillis possibly have to get his hands on a player anyway? Kadri is 22 and won't turn 23 until after the next season starts.. and that might be too old?
No one is doubting Kadri's immense offensive skills.
He's small yet gritty and sometimes struggles with the physical intensity of the NHL. In the much tougher West he will have an even harder transition.
The biggest downfall with Kadri is his lack of defensive skill, if he was above average defensively he could easily play on the 3rd line of most teams. He can work on the defensive side of the game in Chicago much like Cody and Schroeder did, more than likely taking 1-2 seasons.
Until he improves his play on the defensive side of the puck he remains a top 6 (NHL) or career AHLer IMO. Wouldn't mind acquiring him but not as the base of a Luongo package.
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