Matthew Boldy

Minnesota Wild
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Fantasy Summary

Employs a power game highlighted by intelligence and creativity. Owns a heavy and accurate release. A versatile, two-way winger.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.3
NHL Certainty 8.2
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth April 5, 2001
Height 6‘2”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 12

Observations

March 2020 — Boldy found his game late in the year and bounced back to a very respectable 26 points in 34 games over the shortened season. He was outstanding in the month of February, recording 16 points in nine games and registering three points in a game four separate times. He was mired in poor shooting puck for the majority of the season but showed that he belongs fully in the NCAA with his late explosion. He is expected to return to Boston College for the 2020-2021 season where he will look to find that consistency over the full schedule. Sam Happi

 

February 2020 — Boldy has continued to struggle to find the scoresheet for Boston College as his poor shooting luck has dragged on. His shot generation is up from November, now sitting comfortably over three shots per game, but his shooting percentage has dropped even lower to 2%. Oliver Wahlstom remains a very strong comparable for Boldy’s freshman college season thus far: they have very similar rates of shot generation, and if we normalize for shooting percentage (Wahlstrom had poor shooting luck too, but not to the extent of Boldy so far), they have nearly identical rates of point production. Wahlstrom is in the midst of a decent bounce-back season as an AHL rookie and has gotten into 9 NHL games with the Islanders, and Boldy should enjoy a similar resurgence once his luck finally turns.

Wahlstrom ultimately decided that the NCAA route wasn’t for him, and left Boston College before the conclusion of his freshman year. Boldy isn’t expected to follow those footsteps; he’s more likely to stick it out for a sophomore year than not. If he does opt for a fresh start, joining the AHL’s Iowa Wild could be an option, but it’s unlikely that he’s ready for that level of play at this point in his career. The Halifax Mooseheads own his CHL rights and they’re always one of the more attractive options as far as CHL teams go. We saw Jonathan Gruden, a former teammate of Wahlstrom with the USNTDP, jump to the CHL’s London Knights after struggling last year as a college freshman. Could Boldy follow that path? It’s not overly likely, but it’s a possibility as well. Sam Happi

 

November 2019 — Boldy is off to a tough start to his college career with Boston College, having managed just one point through his first 11 NCAA games. His struggles seem to be a result of poor puck luck more than anything else: his shot generation– 2.73 shots per game– isn’t as abnormally low as his production, but his shooting percentage is only 3%. BC hasn’t exactly been a friendly environment for top prospects over the past couple years– we saw Oliver Wahlstrom struggle to recapture his NTDP magic with the program last season (he’s now enjoying a solid bounceback season with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers). A significant uptick in production should be expected as his luck begins to turn. Sam Happi

 

June 2019 – Boldy has been drafted 12th overall by the Wild.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

June 2019 – Boldy was officially measured at 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

February 2019 – Silky, silky, silky. Boldy loves to use his teammates and takes pride in his soft touch and exceptional vision. He’s been making a big impact with the U18s while adding some additional speed and strength. His stride can still be cleaned up to generate even greater acceleration. Boldy has saved his best work for NCAA and international competition. The Boston College commit for 2019-20 is a projected top-10 selection this June and boasts a very high upside. Cam Robinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Boston Jr. Bruins Brick Invitational 6 3 2 5 2 |          
 2013-2014 Long Island Stars QC Int PW 4 4 1 5 4 |          
 2015-2016 Boston Jr. Eagles 14U Bantam - - - - - |          
  Boston Jr. Eagles 14U Boston Breakout 3 2 2 4 0 |          
  Northeast Elite U15 WSI U15 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Team Columbia USA-S15 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Dexter Southfield School USHS-Prep 29 13 13 26 - |          
  Cape Cod Whalers U16 MHSL U16 13 15 10 25 2 |          
 2017-2018 USNTDP Juniors USHL 34 12 23 35 14 | Playoffs 8 4 4 8
  U.S. National U17 Team USDP 61 29 47 76 30 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  USA U17 WHC-17 6 3 6 9 2 |          
 2018-2019 USNTDP Juniors USHL 28 17 26 43 16 |          
  U.S. National U18 Team USDP 64 33 48 81 28 |          
  USA U18 WJC-18 7 3 9 12 0 |          
 2019-2020 Boston College NCAA 34 9 17 26 8 |          

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