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, displays the ability to find teammates coming in on the rush or to setup from the point; a pleasure to watch. The tools for a low hard booming shot with a quick release are there. Defensive game needs work but he does not look lost. A style of play is reminiscent of Sheldon Souray who became known for his affinity to blast pucks by goaltenders while struggling at times with gap control in his own end.
September 2018 – The New York Islander’s landed Bode Wilde in the second round of the 2018 draft. Many pundits pegged Wilde to be selected in the first round, his stock fell considerably due to concerns of his being a defensive liability. With an exceptional offensive game you can also expect him to be more valued in multi-cat leagues which count hits and blocks; as he is a punishing player with deceptive vision. Wilde will start this campaign in the OHL and should continue honing his two-way game. Jesse Sherman