Bode Wilde | D
Production: 14G, 43A, 57pts (49GP)
No one wanted him in 2018. He was projected to be a first-round pick by every single hockey outlet. The NHL even had him ranked as the seventh best North-American defenseman in their final Central Scouting report.
But no one took him. He fell all the way out of the first-round and to pick number 41. Where Lou Lamoriello and the New York Islanders didn’t think twice and drafted the kid from the US National Development Program.
And it’s paid off handsomely so far for the New York Islanders.
Originally committed to both Michigan University and Harvard University, Wilde eventually made his way to the Saginaw Spirits who owned his CHL rights.
Through 49 games this season, the 6’3″ blueliner has 57 points including 14 goals. Ranking him third amongst defensemen in scoring for the OHL. Unlike Wahlstrom, playing in the OHL means he’ll have to stay there another year. Unless he can make the NHL next season.
He’s easily been the steal of the 2018 NHL draft. That’s a three-for-three with their first few picks. Picking up Ruslan Ishkakov with the very next pick all but cemented that the Isles would have perhaps the second best return at the draft. (Second only to Buffalo who got the first-overall pick)
How do you think the New York Rangers feel? Twice they drafted a defenseman in the later stages of the first-round.
Bode Wilde is playing like he’s got a chip on his shoulders. He’ll fit perfectly with the Islanders.