Nazem Kadri shows up for Marlies camp in 'unacceptable' shape

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Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri reported to Toronto Marlies training camp out of shape.

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri reported on Friday to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, in unacceptable shape according to head coach Dallas Eakins.

Eakins commented that his eating and training habits were the easiest things he could have managed coming into camp and stated that Kadri was in the bottom "three to five guys," via TSN.ca:

"There's just no coming off if you're an athlete. It's no different than the normal person. You make your choice. You can either go sit on the couch, put your feet up and have a bag of potato chips or you can go on the couch and put your feet up and grab some carrots and some apples."

Eakins later commented that Kadri wasn't the only player who wasn't in ideal shape, noting that it's a problem common among young players. The coach even took to Twitter later on Friday to explain that he was asked directly about Kadri and didn't single out the player by choice.

When asked about his body fat results, Kadri admitted that it wasn't what he had hoped to see, but believed he was more powerful and had better stamina than last season. Kadri spent the offseason training with fitness trainer Gary Roberts and had previously noted that his diet was something they were working on.

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