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2009 NHL Entry Draft Profile: Nazem Kadri - London Knights of the OHL

Team: London Knights of the OHL
Born: October 6, 1990 (18 years old)
Hometown: London, ON
Height: 6-0
Weight:167 pounds
Position: Center
Shoots: Left

International Scouting Services:     8th
The Hockey News:                             8th
Red Line Report:                                10th among forwards
TSN:                                                      10th
McKeen's Hockey:                              9th

    Regular Season Playoffs
  Lge GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
2006-07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 7 15 22 +13 30 9
2 2
2007-08 Kitchener Rangers OHL 68 7 15 22 +9 57 20
17 26
2008-09 London Knights
OHL 62 7 15 22 +11 31 14
12 21
22 Video Profile

Why the Stars would want him:

The Canadian forward of Lebanese descent clearly models his game after Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Lightning with his slick stick moves and speed. On an individual basis, he clearly has top end talent.

Why the Stars might pass on him:

From Mark Stepneski's profile of Kadri comes this quote from Red Line Report's Kyle Woodlief, writing for USA Today. I emphasized what I think is the most important part of the quote.

"Kadri brings a lot of flash-'n-dash to the rink with top end speed, quick hands, and slick, creative moves. But he does play too much of a one-on-one game and doesn't get his linemates involved enough. Despite having a slightly built frame, he tends to be an abrasive agitator and is at his best on those nights when he brings passion to the rink — which he only does sporadically."

The unpredictability of the young kid did not go unnoticed in Hockey's Future's profile. They suggested Kadri could go anywhere from late in the lottery portion of the first round to as low as the early 20's in the draft.

Not to mention, I do think that either Dmitry Kulikov, MPS, or OEL will be available to pick at 8th and they'll be rated higher on the Stars draft board than Kadri.