NHL Preseason: Nazem Kadri Silences Critics for Now

September 30th, 2010 by Todd Whittom Leave a reply »
The burning question in the Toronto Maple Leafs camp right now is..."Does playing on the top line and scoring two goals guarantee you a roster spot?" The answer will be revealed in the days leading up to the start of the 2010-11 NHL season.

Nazem Kadri has been taking a lot of heat lately for his play in the preseason. So much heat that it may have lit a fire under him prior to Wednesday night's game with the Ottawa Senators.

Kadri, who was playing left wing on a line with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel, responded to the criticism with two goals and an assist during his "final swan song" in the preseason. He was also on the ice for three of the Senators' goals finishing with a big goose egg in the plus/minus column.

Coach Ron Wilson was impressed but not quite sold on the efforts of his future phenom during a post-game interview. Wilson was quoted as saying, “He had a good game, but you pick your team based on a body of work,” Wilson said. “He got an opportunity to play tonight in Kris Versteeg’s spot. He scored. He made some nice plays, some nice moves. But that’s something we’ll sit down and talk about: What&r ...

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