It might be a good idea to make Nazem Kadri a healthy scratch once a month. Ever since Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins made Kadri watch from the press box for a game against the Texas Stars on November 9th, the London, ON native has been on an absolute tear.
Last week Kadri recorded a goal and seven assists while earning American Hockey League Player of the Week honours. He was also a plus-3 during that span and the Marlies posted a 3-1-0-0 record. Kadri notched an assist in a 6-5 victory over the Oklahoma City Barons last Tuesday, then tallied two helpers in a 6-3 defeat courtesy of the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday. He followed that up on Saturday in a return affair with the Bulldogs by recording four assists which tied a franchise record. Three of those came on the power play and that led to 6-1 win. Kadri closed the week out on Sunday by scoring a goal in a 5-0 triumph over the Abbotsford Heat.
After getting off to a somewhat slow start to the season with just three assists in his first nine contests, Kadri has rebounded with 11 points in his last five. He also now leads the Marlies with 12 assists and is tied for the team lead in points with 14.
Dare I say it, but Kadri almost looks like he is showing some form of consistency. Consistency being a lost art in the Leafs organization. Some may be concerned that he still only has two goals, but points are points and the Marlies are winning, which is the most important thing. Hopefully this run of strong play continues and Eakins will have no need to send Kadri back up for a birds-eye view anytime soon.