Nazem Kadri Statistics & Scouting Report

Nazem Kadri Statistics & Scouting Report

A highly talented, determined and full octane player with relentless pursuit of the puck in the offensive zone. Skates with a wide stance, which benefits stability and lateral movement. Handles the puck at top speeds, can turn and dash through traffic without losing momentum, backing off defenders and able to make something out of nothing. Can be overzealous with the puck, holding it too long or attempting to skate through an entire team, getting stripped of the puck or steered into corners – a common event during many of his early NHL appearances. An adept passer/playmaker when looking for teammates with enough time and not use it as a last ditch option. Fine tuning his decision making in this needed and would make him that much more dangerous. Kadri is underrated as a physical player who cares not for his own well being and rides on the verge of dirty play at times with his hits.Size is not an issue, but strength to handle battles one on one has been a concern to date. Defensive zone coverage and awareness is not an afterthought to Kadri, but he needs to learn to move his feet as much in retreat and defensive positioning assignments as he does in the offensive zone.

Projection:
High end: Top six “Plan B” scoring option.
Comparisons: Daniel Briere, Ray Whitney, Jordan Eberle

Low end: Streaky offensive player who leaves you wanting more.
Comparisons: Brad Boyes, Radim Vrbata

Notes:
- 2008 Memorial Cup Winner (Kitchener Rangers)

- Silver medal at 2009 World junior Championship

- 2009 OHL Second All Star Team