The Islanders drafted the defenseman in the second round (41st overall) of last summer’s 2018 NHL Draft. The product of the U.S. National Development Team Program had originally committed to NCAA U. of Michigan, but last summer he withdrew that and decided to take the junior route instead, joining OHL Saginaw.
There wasn’t much of an adjustment period in the OHL, as the right-shooting Wilde has 20 points (5G, 15A) in his first 19 games, leading the team in points.
A three-year contract is the standard ELC length for a player of Wilde’s age, 18, and since he didn’t take the NCAA route the Isles would’ve been expected to sign him sometime this year or next. At the end of the season he would be eligible to join the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a PTO to give him a taste of the pros.