I’m going to make this very simple. Kadri is a young player who’s stock is on the rise. There’s next to no reason to try and write a detailed summary of Kadri’s season. I’m going to let the highlights do that for me. I also gave him a 9 out of 10. I wanted to find a balance between my expectations and his contributions to the Leafs. I felt that 9 was a happy medium in between the two because I had expected 25-30 points and got 44 instead. He surpassed everyone’s expectations and perhaps even his own. But I don’t feel that he ‘carried’ the Leafs the way Kessel, Reimer, and Phaneuf did. But by the end of the year, I was very encouraged by how Kadri conducted himself in the team’s last two games of the playoffs.
It is a rare instance in which the Toronto Maple Leafs has been able to develop their drafted prospects. It is even rarer that the prospect turns out to be a legitimate star. Nazem Kadri’s star is rising and he couldn’t have arrived at a better time.
Back in 2009, when the Leafs selected Kadri, there was a large online contingent of fans who absolutely lambasted the pick. Fast forward to four years later and the love-in has begun.
The 2013 Kadri was a remarkable improvement on the previous editions. After starting the season with the team’s first goal, Kadri went on to record 44 points over 48 games, with two hat-tricks and an increased role culminating in finishing the season as the team’s first-line centre. It didn’t matter who Kadri played with, he always made them better. However, Kadri’s season wasn’t without some valleys.
Entering the lockout, there was a mild controversy regarding Kadri’s fitness levels. While completely overblown by the media and fans alike, it did nothing to stop the whispers that Kadri was eating his way out of Toronto. Rumours had also surfaced in the summer that the Leafs had considered trading Kadri as part of a package to bring Luongo to Toronto.
Thankfully, the trade didn’t happen and we got to see this:
Basically, wives and girlfriends, boyfriends and husbands were spurned for a little of our own TLC this year. The highlight reel goals, impassioned celebrations, board-rattling hits.. Kadri’s competitive fire is a sight to behold and suggests this is only the beginning, impossibly high shooting percentage aside.
There’s no ceiling for a player of Kadri’s skill level – he’s going to be a great one. The question is, when? Do we leave the number one center role open for him to grab by the horns next season?
7.5 for Kadri. he has time to be better and he'll get there for sure. Good to see some of our prospects excelling. :-)
No team moves the puck so quickly and confidently out of their own zone as the Hawks. A blueprint for the Leafs. Gardiner has Keith potential. Will Franson = Seabrook? Still several holes to fill and players to develop for the Leafs to get there.
New post. Chat there, boys. Off for dinner!
One guy that's really impressing me is Nick Leddy. He's a puck moving dman for sure. And smaller than Rielly. Bodes well for us.
Kadri is a CENTRE damn it, a 1 C
Any ideas what could happen on D?
I imagine we don't see O'Bryne, Liles, Kostka in the new season
I still need to take a long look at the roster and decide who I want to stay, but I think Grabo and MacA should be on their way. At first I was skeptical about bringing in a guy like Clarkson, who hasn't proven himself to sustain his pace over multiple seasons, but I think he would fill in nicely in MacA's spot as an occasional offensive contributer with a mean streak that Mac didn't have. Also, let Bozie go, or at least trade his rights. This is sort of the first thing that jumps off my mind
Lupul - Stastny - Kessel
JVR - Kadri - Kulemin
Clarkson - Coleborne - Frattin
Komarov - McClemment - Orr/McLaren
That puts a little more grit in the lineup, and give Coleborne the opportunity to work with some pretty great players. Also you may notice, Stastny is there, I was never a huge fan, but I think he would be great on the team as they are really ready to compete now, and Kadri and Stastny both have the ability to move into either 1st or 2nd line without many issues.
Ok fineeee you guys, no Bozak.
How bout this:
The more I think about the fact that the two top picks are "supposedly" being shopped (always seem to be but pretty much never get moved), the more I think that those teams are looking to see if they swap their picks for multiple firsts from the teams that hold them (Calgary 3, Columbus 3, Dallas 2, Buffalo 2). As deep as this draft is, there's almost never been a better time for the quantity over quality argument-as the "quality" is projected to run much deeper than normal.
After watching Morrison,- I am sure that the Leafs management believe that Granberg is ready for the Leafs next season
JVR obviously was not completely focused on the his proposal for a game plan - but he has a valid excuse LOL.
Caps need a replacement for Ribeiro - he wants too long a contract. Schultz wants out so here is a first step:
Jeff Schultz plus Washingtons first round pick for Grabo - Grabo goes to the second line after Backstrom.
Alright y'all, I'm off to the hospial.
Wife is in labour with our first child. The population of Leafs Nation should go up by one sometime this afternoon :)
Here's my gameplan for the off-season:
Sign Clarkson: 5 years: $20 million
Sign Gordon: 2 years: $4 million
Resign O'Byrne: 1 year: $2 million
Resign Orr: 3 years: $3 million
(Let Bozak, MacArthur and Kostka walk)
Resign Kadri: 5 years: $20 million
Resign Komarov: 3 years: $6 million
Resign Colborne: 3 years: $4.5 million
Resign McLaren: 3 years: $3 million
Resign Franson: 5 years: $20 million
Resign Gunnarsson: 2 years: $7 million
Resign Fraser: 3 years: $3 million
McLaren (13th Forward)
Colborne, Ross, D'Amgio with Marlies as injury replacements
O'Byrne (7th Defenceman)
Holzer and Ranger with Marlies as injury replacements
Mornin everyone,u 2 MB lol ,Im back playin with our new toy tool,no I dont look like a fool ,well to much I hope
Anyone that understands the advanced stats really well, could you explain to me how it is that Phaneuf and Gunnarsson are so high in the stat Corsi Rel QoC when other teams have numbers that don't add up to even just Phaneuf's total in that category.
For example, Phaneuf''s rating in that category is 2.144 which is good for 3rd in the league (supposedly meaning only Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zybnek Michalek face more difficult competition on a shift-by-shift basis). The team has a total QoC of approx. 4.0. However, Anaheim (just as an example), has Beauchemin as their leader in the category at 0.3. As a team they have a negative Corsi rel QoC. How does that work? Who is facing the tough competition night in and night out in Anaheim? Or does this perhaps reflect on the relative ease of certain divisions, or maybe a luck factor in always running into top lines that are missing a key piece or two?
Leafs grant Dallas Stars permission to speak with Marlies coach, Dallas Eakins about coaching job. Van,Edmtn,NYR, Dal interested in Eakins
Bickell making presence known, promoted to top line
So tons of hockey in the next week .
For something completely different, Good Sask. boy Graham Deleat is in the hunt again at the Memorial this weekend. One of the bigger hitters on the tour , this guy is a birdie machine who hasnt figured how to win yet.
Best CAnadian golfer since Mike Weir by far. Hell win a # PGA tourneys in the next few years. You heard it here 1st. lol
I didn't realize that the contract Patrick Roy signed is not going to be guaranteed. Avs showing their cheapness already - and a lack of faith in Roy.
Canes, NC State in potentially costly dispute over use of PNC Arena
I thought Grabo and Bozak both had a good playoff...am I missing something? Grabo always had Jack Edwards at edge of his seat...
I'd rather have Bozak with Grabovski's contract...then Grabovski with Grabovski's contract. Yeah i said it.
So almost everyone here is in agreement we need a no. 1A/no. 2 Dman to play with Phaneuf. Who are the guys to target? Here's the guys I pulled from the top-60 Dmen in TOI/game: Brian Campbell, Paul Martin, Christian Ehrhoff, Jay Bouwmeester, Fedor Tyutin, Dennis Seidenberg, Dan Hamhuis, Mark Streit, Andy Greene, Ron Hainsey, Joni Pitkanen, Lubomir Visnovsky, Dan Boyle, Braydon Coburn, Brooks Orpik, Keith Yandle, Stephane Robidas, and Kevin Bieksa. This removes franchise dmen, guys rumored to be untouchable, guys who seem very unlikely to be traded, bad contracts, and generally a few guys that would not seem to help us. This assumes we're not ready to pay the price for a guy like Weber.
So who do you target if you're Nonis (or do you go after a guy like Weber?), and how much do you pay? Alternatively, who do we sign/trade for as a stop-gap until Rielly/Gardiner/etc. develop?
In that Dave Morrison video, he looks pretty pleased with himself about Petter Granberg. Had to fight back a bit of a smile there. I have a feeling this guy is going to spend all of 10 games with the Marlies before he's taking on NHL'ers in the show.
JVR - Grabo - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin
Mac - Colborne - Frattin
Komarov - McClement - UFA
Grabo would easily live up to his contract, and the 2nd and 3rd lines would generate a lot of secondary scoring. Add another good grinder, and that 4th line would be perfect for eating up D-zone draws. Save cap space and trade-able assets for a Dman, which we desperately need. Preferably an established top-pairing LD.
Running the numbers, and a Clarkson signing in the 4.5 million range should leave us about 6.5 million to resign Bozak and add a D, assuming Komisarek and Liles are turfed.
Lupul / Bozak / Kessel
J.V.R. / Kadri / Frattin
Grabo / Colbo / Clarkson
Komarov / McClement / C.Orr
I think this is what I would like to see if Clarkson is signed.
Hopefully putting Grabovski on the wing and giving him a puck distributor will help get his offense going again.
Pretty realistic, too, as it's basically just swapping Mac for Clarkson and resigning Bozak.
If that happens though, I maintain the Leafs' focus should be on using their financial power to acquire big time trading assets in salary dump deals.
Oklahoma City-Grand Rapids AHL game delayed. Another big tornado in OK. Currently tracking toward downtown
I almost just want the Devils to re-sign Clarkson so that people will shut up about him, much like Perry with the Ducks earlier this year.
Shawn Matthias from Florida is somebody I would like Nonis to look into trading for. Big body, can play wing or center. He would be great on the third line. I remember reading that he was upset in Florida wanted out, plus he is due for a raise this year, he's a RFA I believe. Obtaining him makes sense if Leafs have to trade Kulemin & Frattin for a 1C or 2D.
Holes left at forward with Clarkson signed:
Lupul / ______ / Kessel
J.V.R. / Kadri / _______
Kulie / ______ / Clarkson
Koma / McCl / (Orr/McLaren/Ashton)