What would be the point? Is he an upgrade on Schroeder? Doubtful, when you look at their all around game. If you watched the Marlies game, you likely also watched the Wolves game and got to see Schroeder's game, which is also creative - he moves the puck nicely, and does his job around Lack as well - and you would have seen Mallet's game as well, which was only one game, but very impressive imo, and not simply because of his highlights. His puck pursuit and aggressiveness all over the ice was very noticeable - I don't expect Mallet to maintain his Q production in the A, but the young guy hits very hard (highlight reel hit last night), is tough (a Heat made the mistake of dropping the gloves with him), has obvious hockey sense at both ends of the ice and offensive upside - at 20 years old (and after only 5 games) already looks comfortable at the A level - and he fits the order for a third line center much more suitably than Kadri. Kadri is not going to take Kesler's job or find any top 6 time in Vancouver. Add Gaunce to the mix and what really is the point of Kadri? If he can't crack the Leafs lineup (and it's not simply that they 'mistreat' him - he isn't a legitimate NHL top 6 or even 9 yet, and he doesn't suit a depth role), he's not going to cut it amid Hank, Kesler, Lapierre, Malhotra, Schroeder, Gaunce, Mallet.
I agree with everything on Mallet, and Schroeder did look good.
But Kadri has been mistreated by the Leafs, and i'll prove it too you.
Kadri last season, had 7 points in 21 games and was a +2
, that works out too about 25-30 points maybe more cause they were playing well you never know, and he was a +, then you look at there roster:
Matthew Lombardi had 18 points in 62 games and was -19.
Tim Connolly had 36 point's in 70 games and was -14.
Okay so Kadri was just as good as these guys, if not better, now another thing, and this is important.
Kadri was called up December 21st last year and sent down on Feburary 1st or 2nd I believe, after the Pittsburgh game on the 1st.
In that time the Leafs were (with Kadri) 10-6-2,
Not a bad record, especially for them. And then after they sent him down
they went 3-9-1 for the rest of Feburary.
Not mention all the complaints, that Connolly was playing terrible and didn't fit, and that Kadri should have stayed. Then they call him out again about the body fat thing. He should have stayed with the big club last year, it was stupid to send him down, they were playing well and winning then they send him down and look what happened.
Brian Burke said in his year end presser "You go back the Feburary 6th at that point we were in 6th place in the East, and chasing the 5th team, we were actually looking at the schedule to see when we could catch the team above them, And that's when the wheels fell off"
- And I would just like to point out that they hit this brick wall that derailed there season 6 Days after Kadri was sent down