Bode Wilde, USA National Team Development Program
Position: Defenseman (Right-hand shot)
Age of Draft Day: 18
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 198 lbs.
2017-18 Stats: 12-29-41 (61 Games Played)
Draft Ranking: 12th (According to Future Considerations)
Bode Wilde (pronounced like “Bodhi” from Point Break) projects to go somewhere in the early or mid teens of the first round. It’s a real shame he didn’t project slightly higher; I’d love to see him in a Wings’ sweater just for the name alone. And if this draft wasn’t an embarrassment of defensemen riches, Wilde might not be the craziest stretch for Detroit to take at sixth. After all, according to the scouting reports the guy has a lot of hustle and plays a 200-foot game. Positionally, he’s sound and is seldom caught out, which is encouraging for a quicker transition to the NHL that one might expect with a mid-round pick. That strong positioning gives him the confidence to play the body cleanly, allowing him to establish a physical presence in games. And look at his height and weight! Those are some nice numbers at 18 years old. Wilde has gotten some comparisons to Dustin Byfuglien, but you can see for yourself where he lines up in your eyes.
Criticisms include Wilde, like Big Buff, possessing the tendency to get a little too aggressive. He drives the net a lot for a defenseman, which may not gel with every team’s play style. Furthermore, while he does nothave a lot of glaring weaknesses, Wilde will need to prove he can keep up his chops against better opponents in the NCAA before whoever drafts him gives him the opportunity against NHL competition. These are all things he will have to work on next when he attends the University of Michigan.
Bode Wilde is too much of a stretch for Detroit to take at sixth overall, especially when Bouchard, Hughes, Boqvist, and Dobson are all right in Detroit’s range. Wilde just doesn’t have quite the polish those guys possess, but he could well end up being just as good as any of those guys. Those are just the dice one rolls with the draft. The Isles have picks #11 and #12, so I would expect them to try for Wilde with one of them and use the other on a forward, else Dallas or Philly will take him. The only way the Wings will see plenty of Wilde in the future is if he somehow slides to #16 overall and the Florida Panthers, but expect to see Bode Wilde skating for the Isles in 2-3 years.
Mike’s analysis is pretty bang-on for Wilde. There’s no doubt that he’s looked at as a high-end puck-mover. That being said, picking him at six would be a bold stretch. Here’s the kicker — it’s a move I could see the Red Wings pulling off. They’ve stressed size and players being physically developed. Wilde is about developed physically as they come — and he also fits the Michigan-made mold. Played hockey in Plymouth, and is committed to the University of Michigan next year. I think what he does in the NCAA will give us a real look at what he could end up being. I consider him a high-risk, but possibly high-reward kind of prospect if taken early. If he falls down the order, every team should be looking at him.