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New York Islanders Three Prospects Making A Ton of Noise

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - JUNE 23: (l-r) Lou and Chris Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attend the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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)

Bode Wilde

Draft: 2018, 41st overall

Bode Wilde made his name playing for the US National Development Program. Over 51 games last season the blueliner scored 41 points. It’s a huge return for a defenseman. And it got him first-round potential.

Wilde was ranked as the seventh best defenseman going into the 2018 NHL draft. By the time his name was called 18 other defensemen were drafted. No one knows exactly why Wilde fell so drastically at the draft.

The only knock on Wilde is his decision to de-commit from Michigan University after already de-committing from Harvard. His indecision didn’t factor well for pro-scouts and thus teams it seems.

Lou Lamoriello didn’t see it that way, so as soon as the Isles got their next chance to step up to the podium they took Bode Wilde with the 41st overall pick.

So far for his new team, the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL, Bode Wilde is looking like an absolute steal for the Isles. Through the Spirits opening six games, Bode Wilde already has two goals and six assists.

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With these prospects (and more) in the New York Islanders system, things will be interesting in the years to come. Instead of a bottle neck of bottom six players, the New York Islanders might find themselves with a bottle neck of talented young prospects ready for the NHL.

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