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Leafs send Kadri to the minors

Oct 19, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri has been sent to the AHL. The move comes just a day after he told the Toronto Star, “I don’t think it’s really necessary to go down to the Marlies.”

Well, that’s where he’s going.

Kadri, 21, suffered a knee injury on Sept. 27 in a preseason game and has been forced to watch from the sidelines as the Leafs jumped out to a 3-0-1 record.

Another thing he’s been forced to watch is rookie Matt Frattin generate a bunch of scoring chances, all the while impressing coach Ron Wilson.

Kadri was drafted seventh overall by the Leafs in 2009. He spent most of last season – his first full season as a professional – with the Marlies, scoring 17 goals and adding 24 assists in 44 games. In 29 games with the Leafs, he had just three goals and nine assists.

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