Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is putting his poor playoff history behind him as he continues to shine this summer.
Kadri was suspended in each of the previous two postseasons while with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the 29-year-old believes he’s turned a corner.
“Just reflecting on the time I spent in Toronto … you want to learn from your mistakes,” Kadri said following the Avalanche’s 7-1 series-clinching win over the Arizona Coyotes, according to Colorado Hockey Now’s Scott MacDonald.
“I’m more valuable on the ice than I am in the penalty box or the press box,” he said, per NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger.
With his second straight two-goal game on Wednesday, Kadri paces Colorado with six tallies this postseason. The dynamic pivot had mustered 10 career playoff points prior to 2019-20, and has already racked up 11 in eight games this summer.
Acquired by the Avalanche last offseason, Kadri said he’s grateful for the seamless transition after spending the previous 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs.
“I’m just fortunate and lucky to come into such a great dressing room with such great teammates and a great organization that just gave me a chance to be who I can be,”
Kadri will now play beyond the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career.