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01-20-2013, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DeathToAllButMetal View Post
What hate? In the other Kadri thread, you've got guys in there claiming he should be the first-line centre already, and hoping he takes Bozak's job. If anything, Kadri's always been seen by most posters here as a lock for stardom. I've seen posters going back two years claiming he'd be 60-70 points in his first season, should be the number one centre, should replace Bozak or MacArthur or anybody else, etc.

Kadri's just the latest kid who can do no wrong, the latest future sure-fire star coming after Steen, Schenn, and Kulemin. It's insane how Leafs fans always seem to pick one or two players and insanely overvalue them.

I don't much care for Kadri, personally. I don't see much reason for the love. He's got potential, but he is a selfish player, not great defensively, small and fairly easily knocked off the puck, and not good on draws. I don't see him as an NHL centre. At least not a good one. I could see him developing into a top-six winger, if he's coachable enough to listen and learn.
This is exactly what OP is talking about. You just trash him with all those things that are completely unwarranted.

-What has he done to earn the reputation of being selfish?
-Have you seen his defensive game with the Marlies and how much it has improved?
-Why don't you trash 90% of the offensively gifted kids that come into the NHL with flawed defensive games?

-He's not small, he's average NHL size for his position, 6'0 and 185 lbs.
-He's much stronger on the puck than he used to be when he first came up, again like most rookies who have to adjust from playing against kids to playing against men.
-He is grittier than most players on the Leafs, and isn't afraid to throw the body. He had 4 hits in under 10 minutes of play against Montreal. If a player averages 4 hits per game, he likely leads the NHL in hits.

The problem is, you and many posters like you have these ignorant stubborn impressions that you refuse to adjust. If a guy happens to do something bad in the one game you pay attention, you will always point to that one bad example. Go take a look at how NHL prospects develop, it's a miracle Kadri is where he is today with all the negativity he's received.

You don't see this on any other team's forum, no other team has so many guys who continuously trash their best offensive prospect. Even guys with flaws are defended, to the point of blind homerism by their fans, except Kadri. Go to the Habs board and ask them why Lois Leblanc is where he is. Or to the Oilers board about MPS. Or to the Flyers board about Brayden Schenn. Or to the Islanders board about Neiderreiter. I could go on and on with examples. None of these guys are busts yet. And they will all support and defend their guys and tell you so.

I just can't wait until you and all the haters continue to eat crow.

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