Toronto Maple Leafs: Why Is Nazem Kadri in the AHL?

March 10th, 2012 by Matt Wiseman Leave a reply »
The slumping Toronto Maple Leafs fell 1-0 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night, in a game that prospect Nazem Kadri may have been able to salvage.

Kadri, who currently plays for the Leafs' AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies, was drafted seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL entry draft. 

In 38 games for the Marlies this season he has tallied 11 goals and 18 assists.

In the opinion of many, Kadri should be a full-time roster player for the Leafs.

Sure, GM Brian Burke would say otherwise. But many, including myself, completely disagree with Toronto's treatment of Kadri. Personality clashes with coaches and management seem to have him on the outside looking in.

He is a young, creative player that clearly has the offensive abilities to play at the NHL level on a consistent basis. However, his defensive game has been a question mark since his arrival in Toronto.

Until last season, management was reluctant to call him up from the minors, but an injury to Colby Armstrong forced their hand and afforded Kadri a late-season opportunity—he did not disappoint.

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