September 7, 2011
Kadri no lock to make Leafs
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Ron Wilson has never been shy about juggling his forward lines, but heading into training camp he doesn’t have too much to do.
For now, the Leafs coach has his first three lines set, with the possible exception of one spot on the third unit. The trio of Joffrey Lupul-Tim Connolly-Phil Kessel will get things started followed by Nikolai Kulemin-Mikhail Grabovski-Clarke MacArthur and Colby Armstrong-Tyler Bozak-Nazem Kadri.
But both Wilson and general manager Brian Burke said one spot on that third unit could be up for grabs between Kadri, Joe Colborne, Matt Frattin and Philippe Dupuis.
“That would be what I would see the first three lines right now,” Wilson said on Tuesday. “But it will be the same as last year: If someone plays better than (Kadri), he’ll start in the minors.
“I’m hoping the year of experience both in the American League and with us is only going to make him better.”