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.
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.
Justin PiercyOriginally from Fredericton, NB, Justin has worked in newsrooms for Astral Media Radio, Brunswick News Inc., the Toronto Star and CTV. But now he's here at CBCSports.ca to report on the sports you care about while also showing you stuff from the internet he thinks you might like.