Takin’ a T/O With BT: Nazem Kadri Fits Better as a Maple Leaf Wingman…For Now

November 19th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
For the time being, the Toronto Maple Leafs have solved all of their problems.

That's not to say that they're perfect. In fact, they're far from it.

But a thrilling comeback win over the Nashville Predators and a hard-fought victory over the—struggling or not—hated New Jersey Devils has Toronto's fanbase backing off the panic button ever so slightly.

It's the beauty of playing in such a deranged hockey market: Feelings can pull a complete 180 as quickly as they escalate.

Some may claim that it's the presence of perceived super-rookie Nazem Kadri. After all, they're 2-1 since he was called up a week ago.

He's been averaging just under 20 minutes a game, and he's got three assists in three games.

Simple math, right?

Kadri's presence is welcome. His hunger to show that he does belong has helped turn the team from the hot-and-cold unit that lost to Vancouver to the one whose power play and full effort has led them on this mini-streak.

However, it's the fact they actually decided to start playing like a team. And a good one, at that.

Don't overlook the efforts of the f ...

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