Nazem Kadri Emerging As Unsung Hero For Leafs
But it’s the contributions of Nazem Kadri, now one of the team’s veterans, that have helped Toronto’s youth flourish.
For one reason
A night spent bouncing from hockey game to hockey game, watching whatever matchup looks the most appealing or tuning into a contest that's going down to the wire, is a night well-spent. More specifically, I have always been a ride-or-die fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. It means I'm not afraid of commitment or a stranger to disappointment, attributes which have steeled me for modern living. The 2016 season was a fun time to get into things, with the Leafs adding Auston Matthews and suddenly looking like they might go somewhere, eventually. I could talk all day about the Leafs if you'd like even though they only exist to make me sad. Maybe next year is the year. Or maybe the year after that, or the one after that. Or maybe it'll never be the year, but I still would never walk away.
To put it simply: there's no doubt about it, I'm ready to be hurt again.
Remember, my time as a certified Hockey Writer was back in 2016, so this archive is a bit of a time capsule. These were the days when people thought Nikita Zaitsev might be good. A fun experiment in Remembering Some Guys, the names here are sure to tug at the heartstrings of hardcore fans. Nikita Soshnikov! Stuart Percy! Connor Carrick! Sam Carrick! Colin Greening! Jhonas Enroth! Justin Fontaine! Notable Restricted Free Agents like Petr Mrazek and Jack Campbell! The Orlando Solar Bears! The World Cup! All your favorites are here, from Team North America to Roman Polak's second stint in Toronto.
Most importantly: I was right about Trevor Moore.
Even Joffrey Lupul himself liked my work. It's the greatest testimonial I'll ever receive. No offense to the other 479 people (and counting!) there, some of whom literally loved the article.