Nazem Kadri on Right Track with Toronto Maple Leafs

January 7th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

Coming off an impressive 25-goal, 78-point season with the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights in 2008-'09, the Toronto Maple Leafs rewarded Nazem Kadri by selecting him in the first round (No. 7 overall) in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

This season, with expectations being so high for the young centre, anything short of a breakout year would be deemed a disappointment by many. To his credit, Kadri has played well this season, scoring 20 goals and netting 38 points in 28 games, ranking him 42nd overall in OHL scoring.

Despite missing 10 games due to his participation in the World Junior Championships over the holidays, Kadri still leads the London Knights in scoring. Not to be lost in his seemingly low point totals is the fact that Kadri has improved as a player this season and, by all accounts, is developing into a legitimate NHL prospect.

During the WJC Kadri established himself as an offensive threat in every game. His aggressive forechecking and ability to successfully move the puck through traffic was constantly on display, as was his willingness to go to the net.

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