Kadri keeps his composure in face of media hype

Nazem Kadri isn't reading too much into his opportunity on the Maple Leafs' top line.

Nazem Kadri isn't reading too much into his opportunity on the Maple Leafs' top line. "People definitely read too much into line combinations — who's in, who's out, things like that," he said Monday in Edmonton. (REUTERS)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

When then-Marlies coach Dallas Eakins commented 13 months ago that Nazem Kadri needed to be in better shape, the resultant public frenzy almost made it seem as if the young forward had a body shaped like the Goodyear Blimp.

Just over a year later, Kadri finds himself in the spotlight again, this time with media and talk shows suggesting this could be a make-or-break opportunity for the kid to prove he’s a No. 1 centre as he fills in between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk for the injured Tyler Bozak.


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