It was nice to hear Dave Poulin admit that they basically ruined Nazem after his draft year by goading him to put on a bunch of weight which caused his quickness to dissipated (he didn't say it as cynically as I did but he did say it).
That's something I've written about for years on this message board. They did the same thing to Luke Schenn by the way. Every year he got bigger, slower and far less effective.
Nazem is at a good weight now. If he keeps working with Gary Roberts, who emphasizes core strength, he'll be harder and harder to knock off the puck and become a high producing 1st line player in the NHL.
25-30 points. Let him play, keep the negatives inside the room. Pat him on the back with the media. Coach him, praise him, support him, with the 3 previous things, a player will give u everything they have. Dont beat him down like past GM and Coach. Let him focus on Hockey, not the Drama stired up at times in the media and newspaper. Dont throw the media stories, like bringing up his weight, that showed MLSE to have a lack of class. We are talking about a 22 yr old, tell him to his face in the room, dont tell the media Mr.EAkins. The average fan believes everything they hear and read.
Just dont include Kadri in a trade for OVERAGED goalie who shows Pressure eats him apart. Give Kadri 48 games before jumping to conclusions. If he struggles the smart Leaf fan will not resent the organization. I personally would give him the 48 and a full 82 next year before giving up on him.
He has 19 points in 51 career NHL games (of which 1 was a CHL call up), and of course this came during 5 different NHL stints of various lengths (ranging from 17 games to 2 games). This included time mainly on the 4th line, and he spent significant time 2 years ago with Boyce and Crabb. Now he has JVR, and to start Komarov
Good read. Funny how two prospects can be so similar yet viewed so differently.
with that said, Kadri looks ready and sounds ready. I couldn't be happier to see what a prospect of ours can do when they are slowly brought along and not thrown into the NHL at 18 or 19. (edit: or traded for that matter)
Some of us have been pointing that comparison out for a while. Why earlier today I was laughing at fans on the prospect board talking about how Schenn was tearing up the AHL while in reality, he's just doing what Kadri's done there all along.....be a PPG guy.
I really like the idea of a Kadri & JVR duo. They could be part of a great second line for a long time. Kadri's 22 and just finishing off his ELC and JVR is 23 and locked up until after the 2017 - 2018 season. Hopefully they can find some chemsitry.
Take the next step? As in, after nearly half a decade after being drafted finally getting NHL ice time...uhhhh....sure...
nearly half a decade? It hasn't even been 4 years since his draft date. He's perfectly on course for a player drafted at his position in 2009. He should have been up with the Leafs full time last year but due to injuries and Wilson being the coach, he missed out. If he wasn't on the team this year then there would have been cause for concern.
Of course I have an opinion on this and it's not what some would expect I'm sure. As much as I dislike Nazem Kadri as a prospect, I would LOVE for him to prove me wrong. He's never done that in the past, and in my opinion he hadn't shown me that he might do that in the future. That being said, he made the club and he did score a hat trick to prove he wanted it at camp. It was a positive step, I won't take that away from him. It was a pretty big step and one I was skeptical he would be able to make. It helped that Nonis cleared the way for him a bit, but he's starting the year as a Toronto Maple Leaf and he's at least earned some respect from me for that. He has a long way to go however, now he has to prove he belongs every night, and contribute. That will be much more difficult, and I'm still skeptical he'll be able to do it. In the past he's started well after callups and then tailed off once he felt the job was his. That could still happen here, and whether that happens or not is the ultimate test of his future as a Maple Leaf.