Rookie/Prospect Report: Kadri, Henrique, Bowman, Michalek, Turnbull, Foligno
(3/24/12) Nazem Kadri seems like yet another victim of Ron Wilson. He's been up, he's been down, and he just hasn't been given a chance to get into a rhythm with the big club. Yet, in sporadic action over the past two seasons, Kadri has recorded 19 points in 50 games. No, these numbers aren't like Nugent-Hopkins, Landeskog, Skinner or Couture, but they are respectable - and imagine what could have happened if he was given a regular shift. This is Don Cherry's good 'ol boy "Magic Hands."
Friday, he recorded a regulation goal and then went on to rip the shootout clincher in the Leafs' 4-3 win over NJ. Not bad at all. Kadri is one of these players who had a tremendous junior career (93 points in 56 games in 2009-10 for the OHL's London Knights), but who has also continued to get it done in the AHL: 41 points in 44 games in 2010-11, followed up by 32 points in 42 games this season. Give him a regular shift in the NHL, and we sense he will be able to do some damage. Check out his shootout goal on Brodeur:
Other rookie/prospect notes: Adam Henrique scored his first goal since February in the loss to Toronto, while Adam Larsson picked up an assist on the play. Henrique has gone ice cold down the back stretch; it was his first point in 6 games. Former US College player Travis Turnbull scored his first career NHL goal in the Sabres' win over the Rangers. Jets prospect Spencer Michalek recorded his 5th point in the last 3 games, in Winnipeg's big 4-3 victory over Washington. Marcus Foligno continues to tear it up. 2 more assists on Friday means he has 9 points in 8 games. Drayson Bowman scored again in the Hurricane's loss to Columbus; he now has 4 points in his last 4 games. And speaking of Ryan Nugent Hopkins, he had an assist and the shootout winner, in the Oilers' 2-1 win over Florida. RNH has quietly returned and maintained his production level; he has 5 points in his last 5 games, and 47 points in 55 games this year. Can anyone say keeper?