Despite Kadri craze, Leafs did the right thing 

September, 28, 2009

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri has been among the biggest stories of the preseason. The crafty center, who was the seventh overall pick in June's draft, has dazzled club management and fans alike with his promise during six exhibition games -- he's scored three goals, dished out two assists and earned a plus-five rating. Even if the games don't count yet, those are pretty heady numbers for an 18-year-old kid. (Well, to be fair, he turns 19 on Oct. 6.)

To read Hradek's analysis on the upstart Kadri and his take on the club's decision to ship the budding star back to the OHL, you must be an Insider. Insider

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.