Nazem Kadri: What Is His Current Value to the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Curtis NgContributor IIIDecember 16, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 24:  Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Some consider Nazem Kadri the Toronto Maple Leafs' top prospect; others, like myself, do not consider him a prospect anymore.

Regardless of whether you consider Kadri a prospect or not, you have to admit that Kadri has gotten a few chances to crack the Leafs' roster.

During the 2010-11 season, he played in 29 games with the Leafs, tallying three goals and nine assists to go along with a minus-three rating.

He had an opportunity to make the team out of training camp this year, but got injured near the end of it and saw his potential roster spot go to Matt Frattin instead.

He has, however, played in three games for the Leafs this season, registering a lone assist to go with an even rating.

In 19 games for the Toronto Marlies this year, Kadri has eight goals and 14 assists for a team-leading 22 points (tied with Marcel Mueller and Mike Zigomanis).

He is producing at slightly over a point per game pace.

In 44 games for the Marlies last season, he had 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points, almost a point per game pace.

He has done well at the AHL level, but has yet to prove himself as a competent and legitimate NHL player.

There is the argument that the Leafs are simply being patient with Kadri, but that is true only to a certain extent.

He seems to have slipped on the depth chart because rookie Matt Frattin (granted, he is a couple years older than Kadri) has been able to stick with the Leafs virtually the entire time while Joe Colborne is getting priority when it comes to call-ups.

Many Leaf fans, this writer included, would at least feel uneasy if Kadri were to be traded. We're used to seeing young talent being traded away for nothing and Kadri is one of the best young players the Leafs have had in years.

That said, if a certain star player were to become available, would Leafs Nation accept a trade that would see Nazem Kadri going the other way?

His name always seems to be in trade proposals involving the Leafs, but things might actually be heating up despite the current trade freeze.

Said Elliotte Friedman: "Get the sense Nazem Kadri is being scouted hard. Could be Brian Burke's trade chip."

Hockey Break confirmed, stating one of the interested parties is the New Jersey Devils.

Zach Parise, anyone?