Toronto Maple Leafs: Which players should be on your Fantasy team?

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4. Nazem Kadri

Apr 5, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri (43) tries to get around Winnipeg Jets defenseman Paul Postma (4) during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

This could be the year for Nazem Kadri to establish himself as the best centerman on the Toronto Maple Leafs. We all saw the talent that Kadri can bring when he had 44 points in 48 games playing as the third line center during the lockout shortened season. Last season was the first full season for Kadri in the NHL, playing 78 games. He had a lot of ups and downs to his season; he was suspended for three games and lacked the support on the second line to be consistent. John Tavares and  Steven Stamkos both had roughly 50 points in their first full season as top line players so do not be alarmed about Kadri’s production. Kadri was still able to produce 20 goals and 50 points, he could have had better numbers if Joffrey Lupul was not injured and David Clarkson was not a dud last season.

If JVR is split up from Phil Kessel it could benefit Kadri offensively. With Tyler Bozak currently injured Nazem Kadri could also make a case to steal Bozak’s spot on top line. ranks Kadri at 149th but his value depends on where Kadri plays in the lineup and with whom. I would not hesitate to think that Kadri could put up 60 points especially if he can get time on the first powerplay unit.