New York Islanders Daily: Bode Wilde Signed To ELC

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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The New York Islanders signed their 2018 second-round pick, Bode Wilde to a three-year entry level contract yesterday.

With the 41st pick in the 2018 NHL draft, the New York Islanders selected Bode Wilde. Wilde, who many considered a first-round talent, was miraculously still on the board when the Isles had their first of two second-round picks.

The two-way right-handed defenseman played his hockey with the US National Team in 2017-2018. His 41 points in 61 USDP games gave him a first-round grade by most NHL scouts.

The Isles were ecstatic and pounced on Wilde when he was still available for the taking. After some controversy, Wilde decided to play in the OHL with the Saginaw Spirit. That seems to have been the correct decision for the youngster.

In his first 21 games with Saginaw, he has 22 points (5 goals, 17 assists). His impressive start to his OHL career has landed him an entry-level contract with the New York Islanders.

After his AHL season is over, Wilde can get a PTO with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in order to see what playing at the AHL level is like. The same scenario happened with Michael Dal Colle during the 2015-2016 season when he played three games with the Sound Tigers after spending the season in the OHL.

Nonetheless, this is an exciting day for the future Islanders blueliner. Wilde has shown a lot of promise and this is likely only the beginning for him.

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