The Package: Nazem Kadri | Hockey | CBC Sports

NHLThe Package: Nazem Kadri

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 09:45 AM

Back to accessibility links
It seems that Nazem Kadri has finally carved out his spot in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. (Abelimages/Getty Images) It seems that Nazem Kadri has finally carved out his spot in the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

Beginning of Story Content

It may have taken longer than he had liked, but Nazem Kadri is a full-time Toronto Maple Leaf. Finally.
CBCSports.ca has been keeping a close eye on the next generation of NHL stars on Canada's seven teams, whether they're with the parent club, back in junior, or working on the "farm" in the AHL.

We'll periodically check in with these players throughout the 2012-13 season, no matter what league they'll be lacing up their skates in. In this edition, we look at the Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri:


Nazem Kadri
Age: 22
Birthplace
: London, Ont.
Position:  Centre
NHL club/draft position: Toronto selected him 7th overall in 2009
NHL GP: 68
Current team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Stats: 17 GP, 5G, 9A, +5, 4 PPG, 11 PIM

It may have taken longer than he had liked, but Nazem Kadri is a full-time Toronto Maple Leaf.

Finally.

The 21-year-old had bounced up and down from the AHL and has been mentioned in many trade rumours since he was drafted by Toronto in 2009.

But his play during the Leafs' solid start to the season has cemented his spot as a pivot on the third line, now sandwiched between Clarke MacArthur and Colton Orr.

The decision to keep Kadri around certainly seems to have paid off for MacArthur:



A knock on Kadri has been his size. Well, Tuesday's game in Tampa Bay showed that it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.

Kadri takes no guff from the six-foot-six Victor Hedman, despite his linemate (and resident Toronto tough-guy) Orr being just steps away:



You can talk about Kadri and the Leafs in a live chat with Hockey Night In Canada's Craig Simpson at 12 p.m. ET by following this link.

End of Story Content

Back to accessibility links

Story Social Media

End of Story Social Media

Comments are closed.