Not being selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL draft put a huge chip on Bode Wilde’s shoulders. He was arguably a lock for the first round but wasn’t selected until the New York Islanders step up with the 41st pick in the second round.
There’s no good reason to Wilde’s fall in the draft. It could have something to do with the fact that before the draft he’d de-committed from Harvard and then from the University of Michigan.
There was uncertainty on what Bode Wilde was going to do and where he was going to play leading up to the draft. And that uncertainty likely did him in on draft day. (He didn’t sign with the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL until late August.)
Which is an odd way to draft players. Wilde was still an incredibly talented defenseman. He scored 57 points across 86 games in his draft year. He followed that up 70 points in 62 games for the Saginaw Spirit, finishing third in scoring for defensemen.
Bode Wilde was the steal of the 2018 NHL Draft. There’s no question.
He’s further out from the NHL than Noah Dobson. But not by much. Wilde could very well be in the NHL by 2020-21 at the earliest.
The 6’3″ 190lbs smooth skating offensive-defenseman could fit in nicely into the speedier NHL and could be a mainstay on the Islanders blue line for years to come.
His play in the OHL has Islanders fans buzzing for what should be a bright future for the New York Islanders on the blue line.