Dustin Wolf is back up with the Calgary Flames after No. 1 goalie (and early season Vezina candidate) Jacob Markstrom broke a finger making a reach-back paddle save in practice, so now is the perfect time for Wolf’s Pro Reads debut.

After being named top goalie in the AHL each of his first two seasons and League MVP last season (which followed WHL Goalie of the Year awards in his final two seasons of junior) Wolf made his NHL debut late last season. He sat down with InGoal to review some of that footage and his insights did not disappoint.


Wolf’s NHL and Pro Reads debut came against the San Jose Sharks, against a team and players he grew up watching and cheering for in northern California, on a down-low cycle play:

With the puck behind the net on the forehand of skilled Sharks forward Tomas Hertl, who are the most dangerous players in this sequence for Wolf? At what point, if any, do you expect him to use an RVH on this play? Can you see any benefit to being active with his stick when he does?
Flash forward barely one second and we can see Wolf does end up in an RVH with his stick extended? Can you think of why that might be? Can you see the risks of it?


Of course, pace and timing matters in this sequence, so watch the entire thing play out in real time (and a slow-motion replay) below and ask yourself the same questions.

Did your answers change after watching the video? What did you like about how Wolf handled this play? Was there anything you might do different? Watch it again, and see if you can identify and things he did before this puck went down low that might have helped his read?


Now let’s hear Wolf on his approach, what he liked, and what he might do different next time:

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