Dustin Wolf is heading back to the AHL.
The prized Calgary Flames goaltending prospect was called up last week because of an injury to Jacob Markstrom and played in Saturday night’s 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, stopping 34-of-38 shots.
It was his second NHL start after he played in the Flames’ final game of the 2022-23 season.
He will return to the Calgary Wranglers, the Flames’ AHL affiliate, now that Markstrom has returned to the lineup and is expected to start in Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
“I think the American League is pretty different from the NHL,” Wolf told reporters in Ottawa. “Those are some big men out there and it’s a lot tougher for myself to fight through screens, which I thought I did a pretty good job on tonight.
“At the end of the day, I felt really good. The result didn’t come, but it’s certainly something to build off of.”
Wolf has played in six games this season for the Wranglers, recording a .924 save percentage, a 2.34 goals-against-average and was tied for the league lead with five wins when he was called up by the Flames last week.
The 22-year-old is coming off a 2022-23 campaign in which he led the AHL in wins (24), shutouts (7), GAA (2.09) and save percentage (.932) and was named the league’s top goaltender for a second season in a row and was named the AHL’s most valuable player.
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