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2009 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft Nazem Kadri 7th overall

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With the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, the Toronto Maple Leafs selected speedy skater Nazem Kadri.  Kadri comes from the same OHL team as former top pick Patrick Kane and this year's #1 John Tavares.  Pension Plan Puppets for more.

(OHL - London)
GP G A P PIM
2008 - Nazem Kadri (Center)
56 25 53
78
31

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

His calling card is his speed as he can create mismatches and opportunities. When he gets a step on defencemen or a checking forward, say good-bye and hope the goalie can stop him.

Shane Malloy
TSN
Offensively gifted and showing a greater appreciation for the defensive side of his game, Kadri could be a wild card in this draft.

Centring the second line with the Memorial Cup finalist Kitchener Rangers last season, Kadri showed some highlight reel moves and has great stick skills and dekeing ability with the puck. Has great speed, which he uses quite effectively to get to an open spot.

THE EVIDENCE