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Nazem Kadri set to get another spin with Leafs

Mar 22, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

Nazem Kadri AP

It really wasn’t that long ago that the Toronto Maple Leafs had a real shot at making the playoffs. (No, seriously.)

At this point, the Maple Leafs are in tank mode, though – whether that’s by choice or not.

The latter point is strengthened by a series of injuries, which might open up another opportunity for prodigal prospect Nazem Kadri. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that injuries to Joffrey Lupul, Nikolai Kulemin and Mike Brown might be part of the reason Kadri’s been called up.

You can break Kadri’s runs in 2011-12 into three categories now that he’s back up for at least a cup of coffee. Here’s how the first two spans went:

Oct. 20-24: three games, one assist
Dec. 22-Jan. 31: 16 games, four goals and one assist

For all the hype Kadri’s gotten since being drafted seventh overall in 2009, he hasn’t really justified the attention that naturally comes from Toronto. At 21 years old it’s ridiculous to close the book on him, however, but you have to wonder if this last stretch might have an impact on his future with the Leafs.

  1. habsman - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    This is great news for the Leafs. Now it will be proven that all of Kadri’s failures were the direct result of Ron Wilson. With a new coach in place, it will be proven that the great Brian Burke made the right choice in picking Kadri over Eberly. Go Leafs!

    But please, please no more trades with Boston. Enough damage has been done.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    If memory serves, more than once during this lamentable Leafs playoff drought, we’ve been treated to a late-season call-up of youngsters who, eager to impress, go all out. This pushes the team a little closer to the playoffs, just enough to excite fans about how they’ll do next season. … Then next season arrives.

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