Bode Wilde, New York Islanders second round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, was just named as an OHL second team all-star. Once again proving he was the steal of the draft.
It felt like an absolute steal then, and it still feels like an absolute steal now.
Wilde finished the 2018-19 OHL season with 19 goals and 70 points. He helped the Saginaw Spirit finish second in the Western Conference and push them to the third round of the OHL playoffs where they were eliminated in seven games by the eventual Champions, the Guelph Storm.
That production ranked Bode Wilde third among defensemen in the OHL. It was an outstanding season for the defenseman, and a great nod to just how well the Islanders drafted last season.
(The Isles first three picks in the 2018 draft: Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson, Bode Wilde.)
If the Islanders wanted more proof that picking Bode Wilde was a smart move, the OHL announced that he was
Wilde received 59 points in All-Star votes from OHL General Managers. Fellow defensemen Evan Bouchard of the London Knights received 73 points and Mac Hollowell of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds picked up 68 points.
Evan Bouchard scored 53 points in 45 games (that’s an 80 point pace) and his London Knights squad finished the season at the top of the Western Conference and second in the entire league with 99 points.
Bouchard was selected tenth overall in 2018 by the Edmonton Oilers. With 87 points in 67 games last season with the Knights he also made the OHL’s first All-Star team.
Hollowell was the top scoring defenseman in the league with 77 points and helped his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds finished the season with 96 points and third in the OHL’s Western Conference.
Hollowell is a fourth-round pick made by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018. The 20-year-old has already completed four years in the OHL and has already signed his ELC with the Leafs.
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He’s still young and there’s still plenty of time before he gets to the NHL. But seasons like this keep rising his stock and maybe we see Bode Wilde in the NHL sooner rather than later.