Bode Wilde | GP: 21 Pts: 22 (Saginaw Spirit)
Bode Wilde is probably the steal of the 2018 NHL Draft. Projected to be a first-round pick, Wilde eventually fell to the Islanders at number 41 in the second round.
De-committing from Harvard University and then Michigan University seemed to have been enough to put Wilde on every scouts “do-not-draft” lists. But so far in the OHL he’s been everything you want from a modern NHL defenseman.
Mobile, responsible, and able to put up points. So far in 21 games for the Saginaw Spirit Wilde has five goals and 17 helpers for 22 points. He currently (at the time of writing) ranks seventh in terms of points for defensemen in the OHL.
All of that has resulted in the Islanders tendering Bode Wilde a three-year entry level contract (AAV $792,500).