Today in "Kadri watch"

I’m coming to terms with the fact that the Maple Leafs “Media/Spin-wheel” moves faster than Snooki hitting an open bar that serves free cheeseburgers. Anything that revolves around the Leafs is thrown into said wheel. Existing Leafs, staff, hell, even players who are linked to the Leafs by rumours. Or, even better, players who haven’t officially made the Leafs roster. Case in point: Nazem Kadri.

Being subjected to Toronto hockey media on a daily basis for the last year has made me realize something about Kadri. The kind of coverage this kid gets is almost identical to how a pregnant panda is covered in the Will Ferrel movie “Anchorman.”

Yeah, I’m going there.

This would actually be impressive if it wasn’t so damn annoying. I understand Kadri is probably the most talented prospect Toronto has drafted in more than a decade, but please. This year’s “Kadri watch” (or Spin wheel) picked up exactly where last year’s pre-season ‘watch’ ended. It’s as if Toronto’s sports media thinks hockey fans need to know when Kadri tapes a new stick or has a new linemate because Grabovski was busy beating up some dude at a bar.

Think about it. Every day there’s some breaking news piece that never amounts to anything. It’s not Kadri’s fault, but I could have sworn yesterday I heard some sports telecast saying “Kadri watch: Day 12 – Nazem now has a mohawk.” Much to my amazement, it’s somehow spun into why Kadri is a high end prospect.

Great work “talented” sports anchor, I’m very impressed with your analysis.

The worst part of all this is the fact that there are a number of good Kadri stories to tell. How about the fact that Kadri stated he needed to be “more creative” following a night of poor puck decisions, frequent turnovers and forcing fancy plays that weren’t there in a 5-0 loss the Ottawa Senators? How about the fact that Kadri’s most (read: only) memorable 2010 pre-season moment, the London shootout goal, is virtually the same one as his 2009 shootout goal? Or maybe that some odd-ball blogger who names himself after ridiculous movie characters thinks Kadri’s biggest pre-season impact could involve giving Nick Boynton lessons on throat slash gestures?

Toronto hockey media has created this “Kadri watch” frenzy and fans are subjected to the crap it spews out. It’s all part of the Spin wheel and I’m so sick of it. Right now, there is nothing to spin. Kadri’s play this pre-season hasn’t been very good. None of the other stuff matters.

If “Kadri watch” has to happen, can it at least be about newsworthy stories and dare I say, some half decent insight? Please?

Comments (3)

  1. i have season tickets to the knights and have watched him for the past few years in the OHL, hes got dirty skill but he has to learn not to turn the puck over and take dumb penalties , he reminds me alot of a scott gomez, i’m not sure what more there is for him in junior hockey so i nthink some time in the marlies would be good, like a year like you said, hes the best first rounder they’ve had in the past tens years so i dont think they wanna mess it up with him

    • @ Eddy – Your analysis on Kadri is bang on. The kid is still not mature enough for the NHL, mentally and physically. It frustrates me why he keeps trying the same junior moves over and over again. A stint with the Marlies probably is the best option.

      @ Gabriel – My Kadri suggestions are definitely better than what we’ve seen. I think most people who spend enough time watching/reading major sports outlets (online, TV etc…) are OK with the depth of stories about young kids who may or may not be that interesting. I think the expectation is that the analysis is somewhat game related, ie. turnovers vs mohawks. You have a good point that some kids just aren’t that interesting, however, I believe Kadri’s coverage could be much better.

  2. …I’m not sure they were supposed to be, but none of your story suggestions are very interesting. That’s the problem with kids, they’re not really that interesting. So we get crap stories torqued up to make it sound as if the kid is unique and worthy of a five minute bit on a cable sports network. What possible insight could there be found in this kid, that wasn’t spilled out when he was drafted? He plays hockey moderately okay, someday he’ll do it for real in the NHL. Yay. It is what it is. And what it is is too many sports networks each trying to fill 24-hours of empty space.

    Here’s a secret: we, the viewers, all tune into the sports networks knowing we’re going to see at least one soft-focus piece on the young player du jour. Most of us know it’s bullshit, but we watch anyway because at some point we’ll get to see some cool highlights and eventually find out the scores.

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