Patrick Kane 'ahead of schedule'

Seven weeks after having wrist surgery, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Monday his recovery is "a little ahead of schedule" and he wants to play in up to four preseason games.

He added that he hopes to be on the ice for the Blackhawks' first day of training camp on Sept. 17, just two days after getting his splint off.

"I get the splint off the 15th so after that I should be able to do pretty much everything," Kane said, according to multiple reports. "I've been skating and working out. For a while there, I couldn't go full equipment with the cast. Once I got the cast off that's when I started trying to get back into the flow quickly."

Kane originally hurt his left wrist in the second to last game of the regular season and it continued to bother him early in the summer. He had surgery on July 19.

"I've always believed training camp is a real big time of year for myself to get ready for the regular season," Kane said. "It's definitely something you want to use.

"I have a couple of weeks until the start of the regular season. Let's say I get (the splint) off the 15th (then) I have three weeks until the opening game in Dallas. It should be enough time to get myself back into shape with the left arm and shooting pucks."

Kane's optimism is a change from comments he made on Aug. 22 saying he wasn't worrying about returning in September.

"I'm not going to rush anything," Kane said last month. "We still have a lot of time. My goal is to be ready for the opening regular-season game. Obviously you'd like to be back in training camp but more importantly, the day is Oct. 7 for our first regular-season game. That's the date I'm working for. No rush because things are going pretty well right now."

Kane had 73 points in 73 games for the Hawks in 2010-11.