New York Islanders Prospect Bode Wilde Gets 2 Points In Second OHL Game

By Matt O'Leary
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Bode Wilde poses after being selected 41st by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: Bode Wilde poses after being selected 41st by the New York Islanders during the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Bode Wilde fell in the New York Islanders lap in the second round, after free-falling out of the first round. In his second OHL game ever, he put up two points.

In this past year’s draft, the New York Islanders had four picks in the first two rounds. In surprising fashion, the Islanders made all four selections instead of using any of the picks in a trade for a defenseman or goalie.

Lou Lamoriello was able to find a couple of gems in the draft class it seems. Including two-way defenseman Bode Wilde.

Wilde was someone many experts predicted to go somewhere in the mid to late first round of the 2018 draft. Many believe his draft stock went down because of his decision to leave Michigan for the OHL.

Well, the Islanders pounced on him and were gift wrapped three first-round talents with their first three draft picks in 2018.

In his second game in the OHL, Wilde already was shining for the Saginaw Spirit. He had two assists in the game, his first two points at the OHL level. Point production for Wilde is nothing new for him.

Playing in the USDP, he had 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) in 61 games played. Many scouts describe Wilde’s game as a two-way 200-foot game. Something I like about Wilde is the fact that he’s a right-handed shot.

Quality right-handers are much tougher to come by and the Islanders just drafted two who should be pretty good and they already have youngster Ryan Pulock who is already making a name for himself in the NHL.

It’ll likely take two years in the OHL and a year in the AHL before Wilde sees any NHL action. I don’t think it’ll be as quick as Noah Dobson’s track to the NHL will be but by 2021 he’ll likely be ready to take over for Johnny Boychuk who will either be retiring or in a steep decline.

Lamoriello's major decisions ahead. Next

The Isles set themselves up for a very solid blue line in the next few years. Between Leddy, Pulock, Dobson, and Wilde the Islanders have a quality core of young d-men.

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