CALGARY, AB – JANUARY 31: David Wolf #45 of the Calgary Flames skates in his first NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 31, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
David Wolf, a Dusseldorf native, played his first few NHL games with the Calgary Flames late in the 2014-15 NHL season. Calgary acquired Wolf as a free-agent on May 12 2014 with a 1 year contract worth an Annual Average Value of $925,000. But was he worth the risk?
Wolf had 38 points in 59 games played with the AHL affiliate Aridondack Flames before he was promoted to the NHL.
He was called up for his first game against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 31 2015. Wolf was playing a gritty, power forward role which the Flames just needed later playing against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the playoffs.
Once In A Lifetime Opportunity
Only playing three regular-season games, Wolf did get a few opportunities to find his first goal. While his father was in attendance, already in tears seeing his son during warm-ups, Wolf was able to rip a shot that hit the post during the game against the Oilers. Hockey players sometimes don’t get the chance to play at the professional level, but he made sure to make his father proud. Within the third period of the game, the Calgary Flames were down two goals to none. 2:56 into the period, Mason Raymond scored off a wrist shot to cut the Oilers lead down to one. Later, at the 6:26 mark, Lance Bouma ripped a one-timer to tie the game. Sean Monahan cashed in on a deflected shot on the powerplay at 9:49 minutes into the third. To complete the comeback, Bouma scored off another one-timer with 3:33 left in the period.
Wolf’s Short Impact
The Calgary Flames faced off against the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2015 playoffs. The southern Alberta team was struggling to keep up with the gritty play from the southern California team. Playing in the Saddledome in game three, I was surprised to see the player called upon. Wolf was able to make eyes turn to him when he skated onto the ice. The German rookie skated past and trash-talked a couple of times a confused Corey Perry during warmups. Finally, the Flames were able to win 4-3 in overtime. Thanks to a late third-period tying goal from then-rookie Johnny Gaudreau, turning the Saddledome into a frenzy. The Flames record with him in the lineup was 2-1-0 in the regular season and 1 victory during the playoffs. Wolf averaged a 10:09 TOI with a total of 46 shifts. His one recorded shot came against the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 31 2015.
Where Is He Now?
Wolf’s stint with the Calgary Flames was just an experiment but was definitely a win-win situation for both parties. Likewise, Calgary took a short look on a prospect, while Wolf was able to experience the NHL. He is currently playing with the DEL’s Manheim Eagles and has 22 points in 29 games played. He also currently has 134 points in 150 total games played with the Eagles.
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