HOCKEY — 28 September 2012

Ask yourself the question, who is one of the most scrutinized NHL players, that has yet to play a full season in the NHL? Look no further than Nazem Kadri. What it most sad about Nazem, so far is everything he has tried thus to prove that he is ready for the next level, has only been subjected to criticism. Since he was drafted in the first round in 2009, many have noted that he has not been given a fair opportunity to prove that he is worth to play amongst is NHL colleagues; more notably, many of the players from his draft year have already played a full season in the NHL. Take Jared Cowen for instance, drafted two spots below Nazem that same year, he has since played a total of 83 regular season games and 7 playoff games with the Ottawa Senators; Nazem Kadri at this point has played a total of 53 games in fragments, in the last 3 season. So the next question one would ask, why is a player that has not been given a chance to play a full season, so scrutinized by the organization he is trying to represent?

Perhaps the answer to this question lies in his physical stature. When Nazem first entered the league he was barely 160 lbs; to many, Nazem Kadri’s frame at that time would not adapt well to constant physicality in the NHL. As a response, Nazem Kadri spent over two years building muscle and fitness alongside guru and former NHL player Gary Roberts. Thought Nazem has noted being a steady at 185 lbs, Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is not impressed by his current body frame as he made it known to reporters;

“His body fat today is probably in the bottom three to five guys in our whole camp and that’s unacceptable.”

On top of this, he noted Nazem Kadri’s skating tests as “average” . With these results the conclusion could be assessed as one of the following; either Gary Roberts is either not the fitness “guru” as he was labelled to be, seeing as Nazem spent the Summer training with him. Or perhaps it could be the fact that the Maple Leafs organization no longer believes that he can be an asset; thus trying systematically push him way. Either way one sees it, there is no gain in it for Nazem, as he has tried almost everything a young player can do to prove himself to the organization that once had him in high regards. After everything he has tried to prove himself, one can predict that Nazem’s breaking point is imminent.


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