Former Leafs centre Nazem Kadri is finally the player he was projected to be

Nazam Qadri looks like the one who turned away.

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or given.

It’s a testament to the fact that the 31-year-old has fully realized the destiny the Maple Leafs originally envisioned all those years ago. The organization pitched him as an edgy, two-way center when they picked him up in seventh place in the 2009 office, and the Colorado Avalanche currently capitalized on his growth as an undisputed difference-maker on their Stanley Cup chase. Used to be.


Qadri was too much to handle during Thursday’s 4-0 win for the Edmonton Oilers that gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. He made three first aides in just two minutes, raising his points-per-60-minute rate in these playoffs to 3.78, only among active skaters behind Edmonton’s Conor McDavid and Leon Dreitel.

He and his partners Arturi Lehkonen and Mikko Rentanen have been territorial monsters throughout the spring; Colorado has achieved 65 percent of the expected goals since…