Dec 31, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT
Injuries create opportunities and for Maple Leafs rookie Nazem Kadri, that chance might be now.
Injured forward Matt Lombardi will likely come back to take his place in the lineup, but Kadri, who has impressed of late for Toronto, could be the guy to make the most of the opportunity. Since being called up over a week ago, Kadri has three goals in four games and has shown that maybe he’s worthy of being the first-round pick he was back in 2009.
The Leafs are eager to see what Kadri can do but with Lombardi’s return coinciding with Bozak’s injury, they may be more comfortable leaving Kadri in his current spot in the lineup. If he keeps pumping in the goals, however, earning some time with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul could be in his future.
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