The team announced on Sept. 17 that goaltender Michael Muzyka and right winger Dylan Callaghan were reassigned to the Sudbury Nickel Barons Jr. A team.
Muzyka, 17, played for the Barons last season while Callaghan was called up to play for the NOJHL squad at the same time. Both players are Sudburians and both will remain with the Wolves’ as affiliated players.
“Michael played very well on Friday against the Soo and he is definitely an important part of our future,” Wolves’ GM Blaine Smith said. “With Franky returning from pro camp, we have a crowded crease right now and Michael will be able to play a good number of junior games with the Barons and continue to progress and develop his goaltending skills."
Callaghan played well with the Wolves and racked up some “significant minutes” last season with the Barons, Smith said.
“We now have Kubalik, Baptiste, Schmalz and Heuther on the right side, so we are pretty deep at that position right now,” he said. “We see Dylan as a quality call up for us this season and a player that will progress onto our roster due to his gritty style of play.”
With overage defenceman Kevin Raine away at pro camp and veteran forward Brody Silk sidelined for the long-term, the Wolves active roster has effectively been reduced to 25, including three goaltenders. In addition, veteran forwards Nathan Cull and Danny Desrochers will miss games due to carry-over suspensions incurred in last year’s play off against Belleville.
The Wolves' home-and-home opener against the Soo Greyhounds begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Sudbury Arena. Sponsored by Bell, the game is the first installment of the Bell Challenge Cup.
Wolves active roster
Evan de Haan
Brody Silk – injured
Kevin Raine – NHL camp
(*Denotes “overage” players)