Nazem Kadri Plays Well, but Toronto Maple Leafs Losers in Their Last 8

November 14th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
With all the attention that the news of the Toronto Maple Leafs calling up Nazem Kadri got, everyone could understand if he played poorly Saturday night. Instead, Kadri responded with a spirited game that saw him create a number of scoring chances, make a few nifty plays and register a shot on goal.

Let’s not get carried away; Kadri was not spectacular and, given the fact he didn’t score, you could easily call his first regular-season game of the 2010-11 campaign a failure. But head coach Ron Wilson and general manager Brian Burke had to be encouraged by what they saw of Kadri.

Playing on a line with Tyler Bozak and Nikolai Kulemin, Kadri looked at ease on the left wing, often making the right decisions defensively and chipping in on offense as well.

What Kadri didn’t do was get caught giving up the puck at the wrong time, which was a big reason he was sent down to the AHL to play with the Marlies, the Maple Leafs’ affiliate.

While nobody is ready to suggest Kadri, who played over 18 minutes in the 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, has suddenly developed into a strong two-way player, his defense was better. At ...

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