Maybe Nazem Kadri isn’t as self-aware as he might think.
Prior to the Toronto Maple Leafs’ tilt with the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, Kadri spoke with NESN’s Jack Edwards about his development as a more mature player. Let’s just say his self-assessment didn’t exactly live up to the bill.
“I think that’s just the development of maturity,” Kadri told Edwards. “Being able to assess situations better. Obviously the time, score — take all of those into consideration because those are all important components to win a hockey game. For me, it’s just not worth it. I don’t want to hurt my team. So for me, it’s just about getting wins.”
Kadri certainly hurt his team as a result of his actions in Game 1. After a vicious boarding hit on Bruins forward Tommy Wingels that resulted in an ejection, Kadri was suspended three games by the NHL. If the B’s continue to play like they did Thursday, Kadri might have already played his last game of the season.
So yeah, it appears the Leafs forward still has some maturing to do.
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