Saginaw Spirit players Blade Jenkins and Damien Giroux; along with 2016 Spirit draft pick Bode Wilde all hear names called at 2018 NHL Draft

Wilde (2nd round) and Jenkins (5th round) were drafted by the New York Islanders, while Giroux (5th round) was drafted by the Minnesota Wild...

Posted In: Sports, ,   By: Jason Marcoux

25th June, 2018     0

Two current Saginaw Spirit players; along with a 2016 Spirit draft pick, who will likely be on the Saginaw roster to start the 2018-19 Ontario Hockey League season, each heard their respective names called at the 2018 National Hockey League draft, which was held inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX this weekend. 
Spirit 2016 second round draft pick Bode Wilde was the first to be taken when the New York Islanders selected him in the second round, 41 overall; followed by Saginaw Spirit forward Blade Jenkins, who will join Wilde at training camp after the New York Islanders selected Jenkins in the fifth round, 134 overall; before Damien Giroux heard his name just 21 picks later when the Minnesota Wild selected Giroux in the fifth round, 155 overall, to cap an exciting day for the trio.
Born in Montreal, QC Canada, Wilde now lives in Birmingham, MI where he's been playing in the U.S. National Team Development Program and had verbally committed to play NCAA hockey at the University of Michigan up until June 18, when Bob McKenzie of TSN Sports announced via Twitter that Wilde had decommitted from Michigan just four days before the draft.
The Islanders and Wilde will ultimately determine where the smooth skating 6-foot-4, 200-pound two-way defenseman will be continuing his development next season, however, New York Islanders' beat writer Arthur Staples from the Athletic New York who covers the Islanders, affirmed in a Tweet yesterday that Wilde would in fact be going the OHL route, which is great news for the Saginaw Spirit, who hold his OHL rights. 
Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward from Jackson, MI put up 44-points (20-goals, 24-assists) in 68-games for the Spirit in his rookie OHL season, this year, where he was named to the all rookie team and also earned Saginaw's rookie of the year award. 
He will join Wilde at the Islanders training camp, before returning to help lead a talented Saginaw team, which will be looking to make a big jump in the standings this season.
Giroux, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward from Hanmer, ON put up 43-points (19-goals, 24-assists) in 68-games for the Spirit in his second year with the team.
A natural leader and tireless worker, Giroux will head to Minnesota's camp this summer, before returning to reunite with his line-mate, Jenkins, where the dynamic duo will help the Saginaw Spirit make its mark this season in the OHL.
Blade Jenkins 2017-18 highlights from Hockey Prospects Center:


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