2018 second-round pick, Bode Wilde, has a sprained ankle and is in a walking boat. He’s unlikely to be ready for the start of New York Islanders rookie camp.
The New York Islanders lucked out with their first three picks in the 2018 NHL Draft. Neither Oliver Wahlstrom, Noah Dobson, or Bode Wilde were supposed to be there when the Islanders were selecting in the first two rounds.
Wilde was the Isles second-rounder and continued to put up impressive numbers after being drafted. He took his talents to the OHL where he played with the Saginaw Spirit. In 62 games he put up an impressive 70 points (19 goals, 51 assists).
Wilde continued to shine in the playoffs with an additional 9 points in 17 games. In December of last year, the Isles inked Bode to an ELC paying him $2.83 million over three years. With the ELC signed, the assumption is that he’ll play in the AHL this upcoming year.
Unfortunately, we found out some disheartening news in regard to Wilde as the Isles had an informal skate today. Wilde has a sprained ankle and was in a walking boot at the rink.
There was no info on how the injury happened but it looks like he won’t be ready to go for the beginning of camp. I was looking forward to seeing more of Bode Wilde in camp this year for the Isles.
Despite there being no chance of him making the NHL roster, he is still one of the more important prospects in the Isles system. Noah Dobson is next in line and has a realistic shot of making the team this year, Wilde is right there behind him though on the blueline.
What benefits Wilde over Dobson is the AHL. If Wilde doesn’t make the team he can head over to the AHL and be one call away if his services are needed. If the Isles decide Dobson doesn’t make it, it’s off to the QMJHL for Noah.
Due to his age, he’s not eligible to play in the AHL just yet, but since Wilde was drafted from an American organization he is.
Expectations are high for Wilde in his first year in the AHL. 2019-2020 is a stretch but by 2020, or 2021 he should be making a legit push to get on this roster.