Dustin Wolf is back with the Calgary Flames.
On Thursday morning, the team announced that their prized goaltending prospect had been recalled from the AHL’s Calgary Wranglers and will be joining them on their Eastern Canadian road trip this weekend.
Wolf was named the AHL’s top goaltender in his first two seasons as a professional and took home the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player last season. He led the league in wins (42), shutouts (7), goals-against-average (2.09) and save-percentage (.932) in 2022-23.
How the Flames would manage him this year was a major question heading into training camp as they had Jacob Markstrom and Dan Vladar on the roster.
Ultimately, the Flames wanted him to continue getting playing time to start the season instead of riding the bench as a backup in the NHL.
“One of the things that we said to him, and you see last night’s game … We want him to be, when his time comes, at the highest level he can possibly at so when he gets that opportunity, he grabs hold of it and doesn’t let it go,” said Flames head coach Ryan Huska back in early-October when Wolf was sent to the AHL at the end of training camp.
Wolf has picked up right where he left off this season with the Wranglers, recording a .924 save percentage and 2.34 GAA in six games. He’s tied for the league lead in wins, with five.
The Flames selected Wolf in the seventh round, 214th overall, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in the final game of the team’s 2022-23 season, making 23 saves in a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
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