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Nazem Kadri Honored by NHL as First Star of Week



Nazem Kadri

One of the things I most remember about the second round of the Avs’ unfortunate playoff series last spring against Vegas was nothing that happened during the actual games. It was watching Nazem Kadri, skating every day at practice, trying to seem upbeat and one of the boys, but thinking that it must be killing him to try and maintain a positive demeanor.

He was still in NHL suspension purgatory, unable to play in the games because of his eight-game suspension. He was holding out hope that the suspension would be reduced, but it didn’t happen. The NHL said no, and he missed the entire series.

Fast forward to today: Kadri was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week, after another gonzo week of eight points in four games, which lifted him to THIRD in the NHL scoring race.

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Kadri now has 59 points in 40 games, just two points short of his career high of 61 set in 2016-17 with Toronto in….wait for it…82 games. Terry Frei has a good column here on Kadri in which No. 91 talks about his season.

Kadri’s season only proves once again: it’s not if you fall down, it’s how you get back up that counts the most.

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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Well deserved. Don’t look now, Kadri’s become an Art Ross contender.

Aaron Hinton

Kadri = Lady Byng ‘22


Could the two top teams in the NHL have a rematch of the 1996 series? (with the same end result too!)

Panthers at Avalanche. (Avs win in 6)

Scott Groginsky

Big congrats to Kadri for this recognition and for being named an All Star. He’s been truly outstanding this year in all phases of the game and critical to the Avs’ success.

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