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2006-07: This was Kadri's rookie season with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL). In 62 games, the center recorded 22 points (7g+15a), adding another two assists in nine playoff games.

2007-08: Kadri improved on his numbers from last season, netting 25 goals and another 40 assists in 68 games with Kitchener (OHL). He excelled in the postseason as well, recording 26 points (9g+17a) in 20 playoff games.

2008-09: Kadri was traded to the London Knights, netting 25 goals and 78 points in 56 games for that club. He put up another 21 points (9g+12a) in 14 playoff games. Scored a goal for the West at the OHL All-Star Classic. Appeared in the 2009 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Once projected as a sure-fire top-10 selection, Kadri's draft status dropped significantly during the regular season, but began to climb back with a strong playoff performance. Offensively gifted and showing a greater appreciation for the defensive side of his game, Kadri could be a wild card in this draft. Teams picking in the latter-half of the lottery may look to scoop him up based on his offensive potential. However, he could just as easily slide into the high teens, early 20s based upon questionable scouting and combine results.

Kadri was impressive at the Team Canada World Juniors Training Camp. He will almost cerainly earn a spot come December. That is if he does not make the Leafs roster.

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August 10, 2009 12:33 PM ET | Delete
August 10, 2009 10:51 PM ET | Delete
you are referring to the draft in the future tense which makes me believe this isn't an original piece. where are you taking this from? hockeysfuture?
August 11, 2009 1:13 AM ET | Delete
well its still important to talk about where scouts figuered Kadri would go compared to where he did go
August 11, 2009 11:44 AM ET | Delete
Sounds like the reports I read in Hockey News Draft Preview Issue. Are you as surprised as most that the Leafs grabbed him?
August 11, 2009 2:08 PM ET | Delete
having seen him play several times during the year... absolutely not. His skill level is considerably higher than what I've been able to observe from more touted guys like Brayden Schenn.
August 12, 2009 1:29 AM ET | Delete
I was shocked to say the least when Leafs selected Kadri over Scott Glenie. Only because Glenie fits more the proto typical Burke type of player. Bigger by over ten pounds and a few inches. While they both had about the same reg season stats pts n goals, I guess it came down to Kadri showing better player character qualities. What does that mean?
August 12, 2009 1:34 AM ET | Delete
I think Burke liked Kadri's resiliency in over comming a serious jaw injury and returning to play better after the injury. Kadri has some dangle and outright sick moves. In the playoff he battled sort of like Theo Fleury used to, even Saku Koivu a bit. But I thought Burke could have got him a little lowwer in the draft. He could have tried to trade down and get an extra late pick but didnt take that chance.
August 12, 2009 8:43 AM ET | Delete
I don't think so....Murray came up to Burke in that infamous TSN draft segment trying to move up with the intention of taking Kadri! Burke then in his most famous draft move, said well we're taking him. He has great upside and weight can always be added. Hockey Sense, not so much!
August 12, 2009 11:20 AM ET | Delete
Kadri is what the Leafs need. Top six forward. With snipe show skill. Canadian though so that means he'll have a chip on his shoulder.
August 13, 2009 1:03 PM ET | Delete
August 13, 2009 1:04 PM ET | Delete
Message PostedUmmm Bartspeaks did you not watch the draft where Brian Burke asked Murray who he wanted and he said Kadri? Burke basically said we're taking him. How do you figure he'd have been around later?
August 13, 2009 7:32 PM ET | Delete
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