#12 Nazem Kadri – The Hockey Spy’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft Rankings

Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.

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Nazem Kadri {Phatso Photography - Flickr}
Nazem Kadri {Phatso Photography - Flickr}


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12. Nazem Kadri – London, ONT – 6’0″ – 177 lbs – OHL – London – C

One-Timer: A fast, creative, versatile forward, Kadri is an offensive spark-plug. He displays very good vision on the ice as well and this bodes well for his puck possession style of play. He has a high compete level and is a good forechecker. He  might even be better suited to playing the wing in the Big Leagues. Most rankings have him going Top 10, and they very well be the case. I simply think his “risk factor” is higher than some of the other prospects I have ranked ahead of him.

NHL Player(s) Comparison: Marc Savard, Scott Gomez

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Scouting Combine Performance:

  • TSN staff stated: “The biggest name of Saturday’s first group is that of London Knights centre Nazem Kadri (ranked #15), who measured 5-foot-11.  He didn’t have a great showing on the vertical jump or the bench press; perhaps reflecting that he’s not the most explosive athlete here, but let’s not forget that on-ice production (of which Kadri has plenty) is going to count for a whole lot more come draft day.”

International Tournaments: n/a

ETA = 2 years

Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2/5   Reward = 4.5/5

NHL Potential: #1 or #2 Playmaking center

Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8/10   Defensive = 7/10

Other Rankings:

  • ISS: 8
  • CSB: 15-NA
  • TSN: 8
  • THN: 8

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2 thoughts on “#12 Nazem Kadri – The Hockey Spy’s 2009 NHL Entry Draft Rankings”

  1. Great comparison to Scott Gomez. From everything I’ve read they are very similar players. 5/11 playmakers, neither plays the body extremely well, both make their teammates better. I only saw the Knights play once but I like this kid at LW in the NHL.

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