NTDP U18 2000-born defenseman Bode Wilde committed to Harvard over two years ago, but many, even at the time, were skeptical that Wilde would see that commitment through, and it was recently reported that Wilde had re-opened his recruitment in search of a new school.
US NTDP U-18 D Bode Wilde is no longer committed to Harvard. OHL is strong possibility. Projected top 2 round 2018 NHL Draft pick.— Jeff Cox (@JeffCoxSports) September 12, 2017
On Wednesday evening, MiHockeyNow reported that Wilde has chosen to commit to Michigan.
Long considered one of the elite prospects in his age group, Wilde has an exceptional combination of size and athleticism with very light feet. His decision-making and playmaking ability is still a work in progress, but his potential upside has him in consideration to be taken in the first round of next summer’s NHL Draft. Wilde was ranked 10th overall in Bob McKenzie’s top-20 prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft.
The OHL is reportedly still a consideration for Wilde. His rights are currently held by the Saginaw Spirit. But if Wilde makes it to Ann Arbor, he could potentially be a difference-maker for Mel Pearson’s Wolverines.