The Toronto Maple Leafs have officially called up forward Nazem Kadri from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
In 44 games with the Marlies, Kadri has 17 goals and 24 assists, a plus-2 rating and 62 penalty minutes.
The move seems like a questionable one with the Marlies in a points race of their own. Kadri has been the best offensive player for the Marlies this season, and calling him up to help a team that must go 10-2-0 just to reach 90 points doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
Kadri also already knows what it’s like to play in the NHL. In 17 games with the Leafs this season, Kadri has no goals and six assists to go along with a minus-4 rating.
It is believed that Kadri has been called up to fill the roster spot left by Colby Armstrong, who will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot. Armstrong blocked a shot during Monday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and did not return.
Kadri can be sent back to the Marlies at any time, which is likely to happen since the Marlies appear to be on their way to the playoffs.
Maple Leafs reporter Paul Hendrick says that Kadri will travel with the team to Carolina, where they will face the Hurricanes on Wednesday night.
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