NHL Preseason: Nazem Kadri Scores Two, but Is It Enough?

September 29th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Heading into this summer, Nazem Kadri knew he had to make a number of changes to his game if he was going to crack the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup.

First? Gain some much needed weight on his smallish frame so he could compete in the NHL. Kadri succeeded doing just that, adding around 15 pounds of muscle and bringing his weight up to an acceptable 188 pounds on his 6’0” frame.

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was quite clear about Kadri’s chances of making the team all summer long. If Kadri put in his time at the weight room, developed his game away from the puck, and still managed to contribute offensively, he had an excellent shot at making the team.

Failure to do so would likely see Kadri end up with the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, Toronto Marlies, with an eye on developing his overall game.

After a lackluster rookie tournament and subsequent poor showing in his first few preseason games, questions began to surface about Kadri’s compete level and his ability to contribute at the NHL level.

Heading into Wednesday’s action against the Ottawa Senators, Kadri had amassed zero points and a ...

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