On the one hand, his skill level is abundant and his flashes of brilliance provide a modicum of optimism for fans of a middling franchise.
Alternatively, his slow ascension to the NHL ranks has led to some labeling him a "bust" after 51 career games in the NHL.
The unrealistic expectations that have been heaped upon Kadri weren't a benefit to the former top-10 selection in a day and age where prospects are expected to make an immediate, noticeable impact. A cocksure attitude does him no favors either.
However, whether he's liked or disliked, or viewed as a viable prospect or a bust, the fact remains the upcoming season (assuming it isn't lost due to a third lockout under Mr. Bettman's watch) is integral for Kadri's development.
After biding his time in the AHL (and performing admirably during a shortened playoff stint this past season), while receiving the occasional big league call-up, it's time for Kadri to report for full-time duty in a Leafs jersey for a variety of reasons.