Nazem Kadri Scouting Report by Gus Katsaros and Ryan Dadoun
For the second straight season, Nazem Kadri bounced between the Marlies and Maple Leafs. He ended up with 40 points in 48 games in the AHL and another seven points in 21 NHL contests. The AHL selected him as the player of the month in November (12-6-12-18) with 18 points in 12 games. The seventh overall pick in 2008 had some impressive flashes with the Leafs, scoring three goals over a four-game stint while displaying chemistry with Tim Connolly and Clarke MacArthur. He was also a major part of the Marlies‘ playoff run until suffering a Grade 3 shoulder separation. The 22-year-old accelerates with ease and he doesn’t struggle altering skating paths on the ice. His speed and seamless transition offers elusiveness and it complements his knack for mixing things up. The seventh-overall pick is getting stronger with the puck and he displayed increased determination. Kadri’s typically not the biggest player on the ice, but he’s not easily intimidated. He’ll move into traffic when it suits his needs and he’s doing a better job of involving his teammates offensively. The London, Ontario native still has work to do in his own zone and he occasionally loses his positioning. His focus when he’s defending isn’t always there. He has been learning the duties of a winger and is developing a comfort with them. Ultimately, he’s showing an ability to adapt and succeed in either role. He’s ready to play in the NHL and should do just that this season.