Jan 13, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nazem Kadri (43) looks to pass the puck while being defended by Buffalo Sabres center Ville Leino (23) during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Buffalo defeats Toronto 3 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Kadri Shines In Maple Leaf Scrimmage


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.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.bobby.5209 Bob Bobby

    Show me just 1 clip of Kadri being a defensive liability?? He was 2nd on the Leafs last year in plus minus and was on track for a 20+ goal season. Where is this defensive liability garbage coming from?? Did you know he also has better NHL/AHL stats than Brayden Schenn, yet Schenn is a full time NHLer?? Write stories on FACT and not regurgitated Ron Wilson comments. When your playing Lombardi or Armstrong over a Nazem Kadri, you need to give your head a shake!

    • Tim Bayer

      Ron Wilson isn’t the coach anymore.