Kadri speeds back

Ron Wilson has been caught off-guard by Nazem Kadri’s speed.

His recovery speed, that is.

“The little bastard is back faster than I was led to believe,” Wilson said lightheartedly after watching Kadri work out with the team on Monday.

“We’ll have to work something out.”

Wilson would not confirm if Kadri was ticketed to the Marlies because he had not talked to the young forward about the organization’s plans for him.

But that seems to be the logical destination for Kadri, who will have plenty of opportunity to shed some rust down on the farm after injuring his knee in late September.

Kadri originally was slated to be out of action for 3-4 weeks but is back on the ice in under two. The former London Knight skated on his own at the MasterCard Centre on Friday, then felt good enough to take part in a full practice with his teammates on Monday.

With hundreds of fans looking on, Kadri took Clarke MacArthur’s spot on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin. MacArthur, who is eligible to return after a two-game suspension, sat out Monday’s practice with an infected elbow but is expected to return to the ice on Tuesday.

Bozak centres on present

Tyler Bozak isn’t about to make a guess as to when centre Tim Connolly will return to the Maple Leafs lineup.

He’s just enjoying the ride while it lasts.