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Nazem Kadri named AHL Player of the Week ending Nov. 18 - and discussion thread.
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12-10-2012, 02:46 PM
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People get way too hung up on First line, second line, third line. Look, the players who have the best chemistry, and compliment each other play together. Should the line click, it will earn more minutes. Should the line be strong on the pk, it will get more pk time. Kadri and Frattin seem to have some chemistry. Grabs, MacA and Kulemin "had" chemistry. Lupul and Kessel have chemistry. If you can find a way to make each line work, great... then you play them in each game according to their play that day, and the line's strengths. Who cares whether they are 1st, 2nd, 3rd lines?
but I'd think that Kadri's ideal spot would be with Kessel on the top line, their games complement one another (conceptually anyway). It's one thing to have balanced lines and chemistry across the lineup, whatever. Reality is, the Leafs lack top end talent and cannot compete with other teams even with career years from a lot of their guys up front. They need more.
Kadri, at least, has the potential to elevate his game (he's got a lot of untapped potential) along with those of his linemates.
Too bad we haven't seen it enough in his early years as a pro, but maybe he can find his game and start producing big points with consistency.
Or, wait for Nathan MacKinnon, or Connor McDavid or Tyler Benson. (Sorry Burkie)
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