Former Los Angeles Jr. King Dustin Wolf has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames - the team that selected the goaltender in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
This past season - his third with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Everett Silvertips - Wolf shined between the pipes. Through 46 games, he compiled a 34-10-2-0 record, including nine shutouts, to compliment a 1.88 goals-against average and .935 save percentage.
Those numbers earned Wolf a spot on the WHL’s Western Conference First-Team. He was also named the WHL’s Western Conference Goaltender of the Year and a nominee for the Del Wilson Memorial Trophy (WHL Goaltender of the Year), which will be announced on May 18.
Wolf, a member of this year's U.S. World Junior Team, posted on his Instagram: "Super excited to sign my first NHL contract with the @nhlflames I wouldn’t be here without the support of my family, friends, and coaches. Let’s get grinding"
“He's a really, really determined young guy so good for him," Flames general manager Brad Treliving told NHL.com. "He's put up top numbers in the Western Hockey League and I suspect he'll be named Goaltender of the Year. I may be a little bit biased."
Among all WHL goaltenders in 2019-20, Wolf, whom the Flames selected in the seventh round of last year's draft (214th overall), led the way in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. He was tied for the league lead in victories.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Wolf stifled opposing offenses throughout the regular season. From Jan. 17-22, he compiled a shutout streak of 147:47, including a pair of shutouts against the Seattle Thunderbirds. In 21 of his 46 games, Wolf allowed one goal or fewer.
His 2,713 minutes ranked as the sixth-most among all WHL goaltenders this season. The 1,316 shots faced by Wolf this season were the 10th-most among WHL goaltenders.
"If he's 6-foot-2 with the characteristics he has, I think you're talking about a top-two-round pick," Treliving added. "He's a little bit shorter. We'll see how it all plays out. The puck seems to hit him so far.
“It's a big step up from the Western League to pro hockey. The kid is going to either make it or die trying, and those are the kinds of guys you want to have."
For his WHL career, the 19-year-old Wolf, whom the Silvertips selected in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft (104th overall), has appeared in 127 WHL regular-season games compiling an 88-31-4-2 record (20 shutouts) to go along with a 1.85 goals-against average and .934 save percentage. and. Wolf presently ranks tied for fifth all-time in WHL history for goaltender shutouts.