New York Islanders: 5 Prospect Options In 2018 NHL Draft
Bode Wilde, U.S. National U18 Team USDP (RHD) 6’2″ 194 lbs:
Bode Wilde, what a name first of all, secondly Bode is described as a two-way defenseman with good size and strength, solid offensive instincts and he has a low-hard shot in his toolbelt.
Wilde, who will play his hockey at the University of Michigan in 2018-2019 has played 50 games for the U.S. National U18 Team. In those 50 games he has 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists).
Scouting Report via The Draft Analyst:
"Big, thick defensemen that look graceful while carrying the puck simply don’t grow on trees, and you’d probably hear more about him if his draft year wasn’t loaded with cornerstone-type defenders. Wilde is one confident teenager, maybe sometimes to a fault, as doing “too much” with the puck is something he’ll have to limit."
Wilde is a player with a lot of upside, yet this class is so deep he might fall to the middle to late first round because of it. The Islanders should certainly consider using at least one of the picks on a defender in this deep of a class.