In the minds of many Nazem Kadri would have been traded long ago. He was already labelled as defensively deficient, soft, a puck hog, oh an occasionally brilliant with the puck. The latter was on display last night in Long Island.
In Toronto first round draft picks rarely get an opportunity to develop. They are brought up way to soon which is a formula for disappointment and eventually a trade. This list of such players is endless and includes current Leaf coach Randy Carlyle. For some reason we got it right with Kadri. He was kept in the minors until he was ready. Maybe we got lucky because Ron Wilson didn't like the guy.
Where would the Leafs be this season without their goaltending and the offense produced by Kadri? When Joffrey Lupul comes back he will likely rejoin the first line to help spark Phil Kessel which means JVR will drop down to play with Kadri. Add Frattin to the mix and you have a potent second line.