The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Nazem Kadri and defenceman Keith Aulie from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Friday.
Kadri skated with forwards Tyler Bozak and Nikoali Kulemin during practice at MasterCard Centre.
“In an ideal world, we would have waited a few more weeks,” said Leafs general manager Brian Burke – who along with coach Ron Wilson – have repeatedly stated that Kadri needs more time to develop in the minors.
The Leafs are mired in a seven-game losing streak, and have won just once in their past 11 outings.
Christian Hanson and Korbinian Holzer were returned to the Marlies.