The Toronto Maple Leafs held an intrasquad scrimmage this morning and Nazem Kadri was very impressive. Kadri scored three times in the first period, and in what is even more shocking, reportedly made a solid defensive play to break up a rush by Nikolai Kulemin. Kadri was playing on a line with Matthew Lombardi and Ryan Hamilton. Cody Franson and Phil Kessel also added goals for the Blues and Mike Kostka scored one in a shootout competition. Kulemin responded with the lone goal for the Whites in a 6-1 loss.
The scrimmage was controlled and many shorthanded and power play situations were setup by the coaching staff. It’s hard to get any idea of set lines right now since most of the groupings were juggled at some point during the game. One interesting note was that Morgan Rielly was paired with Dion Phaneuf for much of the scrimmage.
Perhaps the main positive to take from this blue and white matchup was that no one was injured. Yesterday saw James van Riemsdyk bruise his foot after being hit with a shot by Mike Komisarek. He sat out of today’s festivities, while Colton Orr returned after dislocating his finger Tuesday.
Jake Gardiner skated prior to the team hitting the ice for the second day in a row.