Founded in 1994 the Wolves have won three league championships, including two Calder Trophy Championships. They begin their tenure as the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights with the 2017-18 season.
Head Coach: Rocky Thompson, new this season. (2-0 in preseason games)
Last Season: 44-19-8-5, finished first in division, defeated in division finals by the eventual Calder Trophy Champion Grand Rapids Griffins
Kenny Agostino not only led Wolves skates in points (25G, 59A), but also led the league in scoring by 15 points over the next-highest skater. Their 44 regular season wins were their highest win total since the 2007-08 season, but they were knocked out in the second round of Calder Trophy playoffs.
- This season, the Chicago Wolves will be featuring a mostly new roster, with their new NHL affiliation with the brand-new Vegas Golden Knights kicking off.
- Memorial Cup winning-coach Rocky Thompson also begins his new tenure as the Chicago Wolves’ head coach after Craig Berube’s departure to the St. Louis Blues.
- With an odd AHL affiliate situation, the Blues are not only assigning players to the Wolves, but also the San Antonio Rampage. Look for an interesting matchup when the two teams meet for the first time this season Saturday, November 11.
- The Vegas Golden Knights sent a few NHL-caliber players down to the Wolves this past week, so expect to see them come and go all season unless the Knights make a major trade.
- Upgrades: The Wolves definitely gained a ton of firepower up front with some late assignments by the Knights to finalize their roster, creating more scoring depth than last season. Shea Theodore will be a great addition on the Wolves’ back end.
- Watch to see if Malcolm Subban is sent down by the Golden Knights eventually. He was claimed off waivers from Boston by the Knights on October 3rd.
- The Wolves will look to improve upon their 200 GA from a season ago, which was more than seven other playoff teams.
- The Wolves go from being a team with 1,908 combined NHL games to just 931. The Calder Cup-winning Griffins team boasted 2,789 NHL games experience. Rookies will have to step up for the Wolves this season.
- Brett Sterling, the franchise’s second all-time goal scorer returns for another season. Sterling had three goals in two preseason games with the Wolves, including two power-play goals. Look for him to step up both on and off the ice as an experienced veteran of the organization.
- Tyler Wong scored not only the first-ever goal for the Golden Knights in their first (preseason) game and win, but also their first hat trick. He also notched an assist that game. Watch for the 5’9” forward’s development this season as he looks to eventually crack the parent club’s lineup.
- Beau Bennett is a player who still has a lot of question marks around him. The Pittsburgh Penguins 2010 first-round draft pick has seen 194 NHL games, posting 64 points. It will be interesting to see if/how Thompson can develop him further, and what that might mean for Chicago.
- Reid Duke was the first-ever player to sign a contract with the Golden Knights. He’s suffered a bad break now missing 4-6 months due to a shoulder injury, it will be interesting to see how Duke can rebound once he’s cleared to return.
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- The most glaring loss is the Wolves’ points-leader, Kenny Agostino. He’s now playing for the Providence Bruins.
- Wade Megan, fourth in the league last season in scoring, is beginning the 2017-18 season with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, making the roster from training camp.
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