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Kadri gets hat trick in Maple Leafs' scrimmage

Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-13 Training Camp blog

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2012-13 Training Camp blog
Kadri gets hat trick in Maple Leafs' scrimmage

Nazem Kadri did his best to make an impression on Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Wednesday.

Kadri -- Toronto's first-round pick (No. 7) from 2009 -- scored three times in the opening period in a Blue & White Scrimmage to help his chances of being on the NHL squad when the Maple Leafs open their season Saturday at Montreal.

"He had a good first period," Carlyle said. "(He) scored three goals in the first period. They were power-play goals, but goal-scorers' goals. He found a way to get the puck to the net.

"We have to make a decision whether he can continue to make a contributions at the NHL level."

Kadri has 26 points in 27 games for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League this season.

Cody Franson and Phil Kessel also scored, and defenseman Mike Kostka added a shootout goal in what was a 6-1 victory for the Blue squad.

Nikolai Kulemin scored for the White.

James van Riemsdyk did not take part in the scrimmage as he nursed a bruised foot after taking a shot in practice Tuesday. Van Riemsdyk said he expects to be ready for the season opener Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Material from wire services was used in this report.

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