Volkov was demoted to AHL Syracuse on Friday.
Volkov's reassignment could be an indication that Patrick Maroon (undisclosed) will be available for Friday's matchup with Winnipeg. In eight NHL contests this season, the 22-year-old notched one assist, six shots and eight hits while averaging 10:12 of ice time.
The Lightning recalled Volkov from AHL Syracuse on Friday.
Volkov will join the club for the upcoming two-game road trip this weekend and could draw in for the fifth time this season if either Ondrej Palat (undisclosed) or Patrick Maroon (undisclosed) can't play Saturday. However, Volkov shouldn't serve as much more than a DFS flier at this point.
Volkov was dropped down to AHL Syracuse on Monday.
Volkov saw action in four games while up with the big club, in which he notched three shots, five hits and a minus-5 rating while averaging 11:57 of ice time. The Lightning are off until Thursday's matchup with the Rangers, while the Crunch play Monday and Wednesday, so Volkov could find his way back to Tampa Bay after suiting up in a couple minor-league contests.
Volkov will make his NHL debut Wednesday against the Devils, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Volkov was called up after the injury to Patrick Maroon (upper body), and the 22-year-old will immediately enter a role with a couple of the best players in hockey. He has a solid track record in the AHL with back-to-back, 20-goal seasons, but it's far from anything special. However, he'll look to make the most of his opportunity Wednesday.
Volkov has been recalled from the AHL, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Volkov was one of the best players cut in the preseason. He has already put up three points in three games with AHL Syracuse and is needed to offset injuries to Anthony Cirelli and Pat Maroon. Volkov may be asked to suit up in Maroon's spot on the fourth line. It's less than ideal for the scorer -- Maroon is an energy guy counted on for his physicality. But NHL ice is always better than the AHL.
Volkov was dropped down to AHL Syracuse on Sunday, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Drafted in the second round in 2017, Volkov was terrific in his first AHL season, tallying 23 goals and 45 points in 75 games with the Syracuse Crunch. The 21-year-old Russian will likely see some scattered NHL playing time given any injuries to the Lightning's forward group.
Volkov is a prime candidate to crack the Opening Night lineup with the Lightning this season, The Athletic reports.
The net-crashing Russian phenom laced a team-high 23 goals to complement 22 assists and a plus-19 rating over 75 regular-season contests with the AHL's Crunch in 2017-18. He also came close to a point-per-game average in an abbreviated playoff run. Benoit Groulx, who coaches Tampa's top minor-league affiliate, specifically named Volkov and Mathieu Joseph as the two players with early bids to grab one of the last roster spots in training camp. The Bolts led all teams in scoring last season, so any prospect knocking on their door is going to warrant a serious look in fantasy games.
Volkov was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Friday.
The 20-year-old's hockey resume includes 128 games in the MHL, which is a junior league in his native Russia. He's known for his slick hands, but obviously needs more seasoning in the North American landscape. Keep him in mind for future fantasy seasons.
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