He was too skinny. Now, he’s too fat.
If you are Nazem Kadri, who has been criticized by coaches for just about everything since the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted him seventh overall in 2009, where do you go from here?
More and more, it is looking like the team just does not want the top prospect to succeed. Or if they do, they have a funny way of showing it.
On Friday, Toronto Marlies (AHL) head coach Dallas Eakins told reporters that Kadri’s body fat is “probably in the bottom-three to five guys in our whole camp and that’s unacceptable.” He also said that Kadri’s skating tests were “average.”
But this past summer, he sought the help of Gary Roberts, a former Leaf who has gained a reputation as the NHL’s top trainer after working with Steven Stamkos, James Neal and Jeff Skinner, in an attempt to become stronger and more explosive.
What good will come to the Marlies for publicly shaming Kadri about his fitness?