Nazem Kadri is a curious case for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Since being drafted seventh overall in 2009, Kadri has taken his sweet time asserting himself as a top-six forward.
Not making the team out of training camp for two seasons after he was drafted, Kadri then proceeded to only play 29 and 21 games in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, respectively.
Last season, he finally made the Leafs out of training camp after the lockout ended and played all 48 games for the Leafs. He scored 18 goals and added 26 assists for a total of 44 points. Things were finally looking up for Kadri.
This season however, Kadri has been unable to keep a spot in the top six. Though he has seven points in seven games, he has been out-played by other Leafs. If Kadri wants to earn that big contract after his current two-year deal expires, he will have to start dominating in the NHL and holding down a spot in the Leafs top six.
With that being said, if Kadri is the type of player that needs a change of scenery to achieve his full potential, the Leafs should look into what they could get in return for the young forward.
The Leafs would need to be careful since they don’t want to get burned in a deal sending someone with a lot of potential. Kadri should at least net the Leafs a high-end prospect or first-round pick in return. Preferably, the Leafs would go after a prospect so they would have a better idea in what they are getting.
Should the Maple Leafs trade Nazem Kadri? In my mind, no. However, if there are offers being made and they would get a good, young prospect or a first-rounder in return, they should at least consider it.
Nazem Kadri is a young player that has a lot of potential. Whether he can reach that while playing for the Leafs is the question.