On Wednesday afternoon Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri was injured when he was on the receiving end of an elbow to the head from Zack Stortini in an American Hockey League game between the Toronto Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs.
Stortini received a five-minute major for elbowing as well as a game misconduct for the illegal hit.Here's a look at the hit that could very likely result in some supplemental discipline from the American Hockey League:
Amazingly -- and it's sure to be a controversial decision given the way the afternoon progressed -- Kadri returned to the game on the ensuing power play. Not surprisingly, his return wasn't exactly a lengthy one as he had to sit out the third period after he started to suffer a headache, according to Marlies coach Dallas Eakins (via James Mirtle). A similar situation developed earlier this month in Toronto with defenseman Jake Gardiner, and he hasn't returned to the Marlies' lineup since.
Kadri was Toronto's first-round pick in 2009 (No. 7 overall) and is one of its top prospects. In 51 NHL games over two years, he's scored eight goals to go with 11 assists.
He's spent the bulk of the past two years playing for the Marlies in the AHL, averaging nearly a point per game. In 24 games this season he has seven goals and 17 assists.