The New York Islanders have decided that the AHL is no longer the best place for Bode Wilde to continue his development. The team has returned Wilde to the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL for the remainder of the season.
Selected 41st overall in 2018, Wilde started this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers despite being just 19 years old. That’s normally too young for a CHL player, but since he was actually selected out of the USNTDP there was no issue. In 20 AHL contests however, Wilde had recorded just two points and routinely looked out of place against the more experienced competition.
Wilde may still be out of place in the OHL, but only because he can dominate the competition. As a rookie last season for Saginaw, the smooth-skating defenseman recorded 70 points in 62 games, only trailing Cole Perfetti for the team lead. His 19 goals were incredibly impressive from the back end and he will only improve what is already a strong team this season.