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Fantasy Summary

Potentially a top four-defenseman, a big strong physical player who can create space in the offensive zone. A great passer with patience, and poise, Tools include a low, hard, booming shot with a quick release. Defensive game needs work.


Observations

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June 2022 – Wilde still has good size, great skating, fierce competitiveness, a good shot and an offensive mindset. However, his resistance to vaccination earned him banishment last season to the Swedish second-tier league. After a modest 10-point, 40-game performance on loan to Västerviks IK, he added three points in seven post-season outings. He bears watching in the final year of his ELC, but who knows where he’ll play. Mark Allan

March 2022 – Blessed with size, terrific skating and a good shot yet cursed with defensive deficiencies and inconsistency, the former second-round pick is marinating in Sweden’s second-tier league. Adding to the six points he posted last season in 22 outings with Bridgeport of the AHL, Wilde’s got one goal and eight assists in 37 Allsvenskan games with Västerviks IK. His stats aren’t what you’d expect from such a gifted offensive player, but suppressing your instincts to improve your defensive play is no easy task. Mark Allan

September 2021 – As the lone unvaccinated player in the organization, Wilde has been loaned to Vasterviks IK of the Allsvenskan, Sweden’s AHL equivalent. The Isles banned the 24-year-old from training camp for the same reason. A skilled offensive blueliner, Wilde tallied three goals and as many assists in 22 outings last season for AHL Bridgeport. Mark Allan

July 2021 – Registering slight statistical improvement over his rookie AHL schedu