Leafs' dynamic duo: Kadri credits coach Carlyle

Nazem Kadri has taken this city by storm and is it any coincidence that it has all happened since...

Nazem Kadri has taken this city by storm and is it any coincidence that it has all happened since ex-coach Ron Wilson departed the Leafs scene? Randy Carlyle says the organization now takes a different approach to handling its players. (Reuters)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:24 PM ET

TORONTO - Nazem Kadri has always been an example of Swagger on Skates, a kid who never doubted what he could do, even when those around him may have.

 

Even when he now admits that his stint in the American Hockey League the past couple of seasons greatly helped develop him into the player he has turned into at this point in his still fledgling career, the young Maple Leafs phenom doesn’t mince his words when it comes to his feelings about being mired down on the farm.

“I’ll tell you right now, it sucked,” Kadri said. “I didn’t enjoy what was happening.

“As a young guy, I didn’t really understand the whole process. Especially after seeing the team lose, your blood boils down there wanting to get up and make a difference.

“But I think it was the right play. Maybe it matured me a little bit.”

There are those who would have you believe that the explanation for Kadri’s breakout season is as simple as that. It was just a matter of keeping him with the Marli


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