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TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 8:  Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in the warm-up prior to a game against the San Jose Sharks on February 8, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Thomas BlackContributor IAugust 19, 2010

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs 2010-2011 season is almost here Leafs fans. With it come predictions of the lines and stats. Also there are many questions that I will try to answer. Brian Burke has definitely been a busy man this summer trying to improve our 29th ranking from last season. With his dedication and Wilsons average (hopefully) coaching the Leafs has a chance at the playoffs.

 

What will we do with Kadri?

 

Well, Nazem is definitely a wild card. These are some possibilities:

  1. He makes the team and is our 2nd line C.
  2. He makes the team and is our 3rd line C.
  3. He doesn’t make the team and destroys the AHL. (Tlusty anyone?)

I believe the best thing for Kadri is for him to make the team and be our 2nd line C. He is an extremely skilled player and will one day become an elite forward in the East. If you need convincing, here it is.

 

He has shown immense heart this off-season. He has worked his butt off in the gym! That alone tells you that he REALLY wants to make this team. By training camp he should be almost 200 lbs. That is incredible, seeing as he was in the 170s not too long ago. Also look what he did in the pre-season last year. He is MUCH better than that now.

 

These stats that I am about to give you are solely based on my predictions. The stats are hypothetical. These are based on if every leaf player plays 82 games.

 

Kessel-68P

Bozak-61P

Versteeg-53P

Kulemin-43P

Grabovski-49P

Armstrong-39P

Mitchell-24P

Caputi-26P

Kadri-37P

Sjostrom-15P

Hanson-12P

Orr-5P

Brown-4P

 

Now. We have a lot of RW. So I am going to have to convert them over to LW. Here they are.

 

Versteeg-Bozak-Kessel

Kulemin-Grabovski-Armstrong

Caputi-Mitchell-Sjostrom

Brown-Hanson-Orr

 

This is if Kadri doesn’t make the team. If he does then insert him in the 3rd line C. Bump Mitchell down to the 4th line and Hanson, sadly to the minors.

The D will look like this.

 

Kaberle-Phaneuf

Gunnarsson- Beauchemin

Schenn-Komisarek

 

Gustavsson

Giguere

 

The biggest question is this: Is this a playoff team? In my mind, very close, but anything can happen. I find it very hard to jump from 15th to 8th with these improvements. Especially seeing as Atlanta and Tampa have gotten much better. Although, we do have secret weapons waiting in the wings. Marcel Mueller and Jerry D’amigo have a good chance to surprise us. As well does Jay Rosehill and Joey Crabb. It looks like Holzer, Mikus and Aulie will have to wait for an injury or two because Ledba and Finger are above them on the depth chart.

 

Raffi Torres and Adam Mair have been bounced around as possible pickups. I think that Torres would be a great pickup. A guy who could easily fit on the second line with Kulemin and Armstrong. Now, just if we can trade Grabovski some how.

 

It seems very weird for our season to rest on a rookie’s shoulders. Doesn’t it? (If your wondering who that rookie is, his name is Nazem Kadri.)

 

 

 

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