TORONTO - Nazem Kadri did not lead the Maple Leafs in the scoring parade against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. In fact, he had zero points in Toronto’s 6-0 win. But the former London Knight might have played the most complete game of any player.
Right off the bat, he got under the Canadiens’ skin with some huge hits, including a crunching collision on Alexei Emelin in the second period. He also drew penalties, which he is especially good at, and was strong on the back-check, which used to be one of his weaknesses. After 12 games, Kadri has three goals and six assists and is a plus-3 and truly is having a breakout season after two seasons of bouncing up and down from the Marlies, though comparisons to a young Doug Gilmour, as one of the HNIC dude suggested, may be a bit much.