New York Islanders reassign Bode Wilde to Spirit for remainder of 2019-20 season

Wilde battled an ankle injury early in the season and was limited in his ice time while playing for the Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport (CT) Sound Tigers earlier this year...

Posted In: Sports, ,   By: Jason Marcoux

09th February, 2020     0

Saginaw, MI:
According to a tweet from the New York Islanders this afternoon, Bode Wilde has been reassigned to his Ontario Hockey League club, the Saginaw Spirit for the rest of the season. Wilde is being returned from the NHL club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport (CT.) Sound Tigers, where Wilde had spent the past 20-games this season after recovering from an ankle injury he sustained prior to the start of training camp. 
Wilde, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound puck-moving defenseman from Montreal, QC who has dual citizenship in America, growing up in Michigan where he played for the United States National Team Development Program and had been committed to play NCAA hockey for the University of Michigan, however, after being selected by the Islanders in the second round of the 2018 NHL draft, Wilde decided to rescind his offer from UofM, choosing instead to develop his game in the OHL in Saginaw, where the Spirit had owned his rights after selecting him in the second round (35 overall) of the 2016 OHL priority selection draft. 
The jump to the OHL proved to be the correct move, as Wilde quickly became one of the league's top defensemen putting up an impressive 70-points (19-goals, 51-assists) through just 62-games during the 2018-19 season, while helping lead Saginaw to the western conference finals for the first time in franchise history.
Prior to his first NHL training camp, Wilde sustained an ankle injury during a dryland training run for the Spirit this past August, and would be hampered by the injury throughout training camp. 
He was eventually moved to the Isles' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport, CT to start the 2019-20 season, where his playing time was limited, only accumulating 2-assists in 20-games with Bridgeport. 
The Spirit will be heading north to take on the Soo Greyhounds for a 7:07 pm face off inside GFL Memorial Gardens in Sault Ste Marie, ON Wednesday night, however, it is not yet known whether Wilde will be back in time for that game.


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