Summer 2007 Rank: 17
We know a little about Cody Wild because Colin McDonald played at Providence for 4 years. The Friars scored fewer goals in Colin McDonald’s 4 seasons than is mathematically possible given the size of the puck in relationship to the net and other variables. Providence College is the Chavez Ravine of college hockey.
So Wild’s offensive accomplishments in his first first two seasons there have to be heavily weighted: they’re real and they’re spectacular. This season looks to be even more impressive.
The best scouting report on Wild comes from our friend Guy Flaming at Hockey’s Future: Wild is a very smart defenseman who is blessed with natural offensive ability. He is an excellent skater with speed and is very active. One of Wild’s greatest attributes is his decision-making capability. He finds and utilizes open spaces on the ice quite effectively and knows when to jump into plays. Wild has great hands and the ability to get his shots to the net. He works and competes hard as well. While he is sound defensively and is willing to play the body, they are areas that Wild will need to continue to strengthen to succeed at the next level.
Slotting Wild in among all these (Oilers prospect list) defensemen is difficult. I suspect his time at Providence may have hurt his offensive numbers, but the idea that a defender can play an effective physical style and amass only 2 minutes in pims (his current total) for his 10 NCAA games is a little difficult to believe.
Is he a Tom Poti type? Guy’s scouting report makes him sound a little better without the puck and I’m never going to rip Poti for what he could/can do with it, so I’m going to guess he’s a poor man’s Poti when in possession and a little better (while lacking that physical element) without it.
If that is true, then he ranks among the Oilers’ prospects well outside “sure things” and just outside the “good bets.”
Cody Wild is a decent bet to have an NHL career.