Nazem Kadri is an enigma. An mystery that the Toronto Maple Leafs would like to solve.
The seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Nazem Kadri is one of the most confident, bordering on cocky, players you’ll ever see. It is pretty much known that he believes that he should be a No. 1 center already. Yet, his play shows otherwise.
There are games where Kadri shows flashes of brilliance. Sadly, that brilliance is only seen for one game at a time. There is more than a few games after that where Kadri is one of the most frustrating players to fans, prior to the brilliance returning. Unfortunately, only for one game.
In last year’s 48-game lockout-shortened season, Kadri played in every game, scoring 18 goals while adding 26 assists for a total of 44 points. It looked like he had finally figured it out and fans were looking forward to what he could do this season.
Well, in 39 games this year, Kadri has 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. While not bad totals, this is not what is expected out of him. Fans were at least hoping his totals would be approaching his goal and point totals from last season this year. With a dip of 21 points, Kadri has nine games to try to get as close as he can to last year’s totals.
If he doesn’t do that and doesn’t show much improvement before and and after the Olympic break, I think it might be worth looking into a trade. If the Leafs can get a young asset in return, they might have to make a move at the deadline.
Let’s just hope that in any return for Kadri, the Leafs know what they’re getting because after nearly four years, they’re still trying to figure out Kadri.