Eakins unhappy with Kadri’s eating habits

September 28, 2012, 10:12 PM

So much for Nazem Kadri’s new workout regimen.

Kadri had an underwhelming start to training camp as Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins said the 21-year-old needs to improve on his eating habits.

“His body fat today is probably in the bottom three to five guys in our whole camp and that’s unacceptable,” Eakins told reporters Friday. “That’s the easiest part of coming into camp is eating correctly and training correctly.”

Kadri was said to be committed to improving his fitness level after spending the off-season working out with renowned fitness guru Gary Roberts. Jeff Skinner and Steven Stamkos saw noticeable improvements after working with the former Maple Leafs forward.

“There’s no way I could have gotten through these tests like I did (without Roberts’ help),” Kadri told Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. “It brought me a long way. For the most part, I did very well. I’m happy with where I am. I’m happy with my conditioning.”

Despite Eakins’ comments, Kadri, who said he is a “picky” eater, feels like he is in better shape than last season and believes he will continue to see improvement.

“It definitely could have been a little better; it’s definitely not bad,” Kadri explained. “The way I’m carrying myself on the ice, I feel stronger. … Even that body fat did drop down from last year.”

The seventh overall pick from the 2009 draft had 18 goals and 22 assists in 48 games with the Marlies last season. He also spent 21 games with the Maple Leafs where he compiled five goals, two assists, and a plus-2 rating.

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