3 games played, and he's looking more stellar by the game, not exactly playing against weak rosters either...
Could he theoretically play himself onto this roster into a top 6 role?
I think he at least deserves the 9 games.
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While he looks good now, I think an 82 game NHL schedule would wear him down and hurt his development as a hockey player. Another year in the OHL and maturing is needed for him to handle a full season physically. There's no reason to rush this guy.
No way he plays for the Leafs this year...it's back to London for him. Whether or not he gets the nine games depends on whether or not Burke and Wilson have already decided where he's going to end up ultimately this year. If its still up in the air, he'll get a shot, but I have a feeling that his extra year of Junior has already been decided upon.
Ugh, I accidently chose the `Should go to junior immediately after preseason `option (wanted to choose the `Should get his 9 games, and then back down` option).
In terms of offensive and defensive capabilities, I certainly think he is ready to be a NHL regular (obviously improving in both facets as the season goes on), but I do not think he is physically ready just yet. Let him refine his offense and defense in the OHL, lead London to a possible Memorial Cup and Team Canada during the WJCs.......There is no reason for Burke to rush Nazem.
Unless two of Stajan, Bozak, and Grabo (3 if you want to include J.Mitchell as a possible top 6er) completely crap the bed in the remaining 5 pre-season games, Kadri should be in Sarnia on October 1st, suiting up for the Knights.
He looks good, but there's absolutely no need to rush him, especially when there's pretty much no room for him on the team if said players perform up to par. Let him continue to grow as a Center in London, then come back next September ready to center one of our top two lines.