Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/20/14

LONDON, ON - SEPTEMBER 17: Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs waits for a puck drop in a pre-season game against the Philadelphia Flyers on September 17, 2009 at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Flyers 4-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Kadri's breakout yearFans of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been waiting for what seems like forever for Nazem Kadri to get consistent playing time and a chance to show what he can do at the NHL level. In reality, it's only been since he was drafted No. 7 overall in 2009 -- it just seemed like a long time. Either way, he's getting that opportunity this season, and he's obviously running with it.  Through 32 games, the 22-year old has 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points. That has him tied for No. 8 in the league in scoring, and is a major reason why the Leafs are knocking on the door of their first playoff berth since before the 2004-05 lockout. So where does the gifted young center's season rank in terms of his peers? Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus slots Kadri in at No. 6 overall in his latest installment of player rankings -- ahead of big names like Jonathan Toews, Steven Stamkos and John Tavares. His total GVT of 12.8 is impressive, as is the fact that he's ...
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