This week, the Chicago Wolves made a plethora of acquisitions from both the Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators. While the Wolves have a multi-year deal as the affiliate for the Hurricanes, they will also accommodate the Predators on a one-year deal due to Nashville’s regular AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, opting out of the 2021 season.
From the Hurricanes, the Wolves received forwards Jeremy Bracco, David Cotton, Jason Cotton, Seth Jarvis, Stelio Mattheos, Jamieson Rees, Sheldon Rempal, Drew Shore, Spencer Smallman, and Ryan Suzuki, defensemen Joey Keane and Maxime Lajoie, and goaltender Antoine Bibeau.
The most notable of these names are Jarvis, who was selected 13th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft, and Suzuki, who went 28th overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. Bibeau, Lajoie, Rempal, and Shore make up the group that brings NHL experience to the roster. Keane grew up in Homer Glen and played for the Chicago Mission before jumping to the AHL, where he earned All-Rookie honors and a spot in the 2020 AHL All-Star Challenge.
From the Predators, the Wolves received forwards Patrick Harper, Tanner Jeannot, Michael McCarron, Sean Malone, Tommy Novak, Rem Pitlick, Anthony Richard, Phillip Tomasino, and Josh Wilkins, defensemen Jermy Davies, Ben Harpur, and Tyler Lewington, and goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo.
Tomasino and McCarron were both first-rounders in the NHL Draft. The players with NHL experience are Harper, Kakisuo, Lewington, McCarron, Malone, Pitlick, and Richard. For Kaskisuo, this will be his second stint with the Wolves. He posted a 13-13-0 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage with the Wolves in the 2017-18 season when Wolves won the Central Division.
After the initial group of new additions, the Wolves acquired one more player from the Hurricanes in Dominik Bokk. A German native, Bokk played in the IIHF World Junior Championships and led Germany with six goals and two assists in seven games.
Bokk went 28th overall to the St. Louis Blues in the 2018 NHL Draft before landing in Carolina as part of the Justin Faulk trade. The German forward has spent the entirety of his career in Sweden to this point so his stint with the Wolves will be his first experience on North American ice.
The Wolves will play their 2020-21 home games at the Chicago Wolves training facility at Triphahn Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates. While fans are not be allowed to attend due to the Illinois Department of Public Health’s safety protocols, fans can be in the building as part of the Chicago Wolves Fan Gallery. To purchase your cutout that will be autographed and sent to you at season’s end, click here or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.