On Tuesday, the islanders officially announced that they had sent out Bode Wilde on loan to the Swedish side Vasterviks IK. Do not know who they are? Do not worry, I’ll tell you.
The New York Islanders send out Bode Wilde on loan
Vasterviks plays in the second part of Swedish hockey in the Allsvenskan. If you remember the period before the 2020-21 season, both Oliver Wahlström and Simon Holmstrom were sent out on loan to Allsvenskan sides (AIK and Vita Hasten respectively) before the North American season.
The Allsvenskan is not one terrible league, it is actually close to the SHL’s version of the AHL. And Vasterviks is a decent side in that league.
They finished fifth in 2020-21 and reached the semifinals of the playoffs that year. They are a decent squad for Wilde to agree to a loan.
Say what you will about Bridgeport’s coaching staff’s ability to throw players into the NHL squad, but they know what they’re doing when it comes to defenders. There is no question about that. Getting his first real full season of pro-North American hockey would have been a huge benefit to his development.
Remember that Wilde was injured before Isle’s camp 2019-20 and played only 20 games with the Sound Tigers before returning to the OHL. In 2020-21, he played only 22 of any 24 games in the AHL due to the pandemic shortened season.
You must see this as a lost year for him once again. It’s basically three lost years for Wilde now. You must also know that a year in the AHL is exponentially better for him than a year in the second level of Swedish hockey.
Bode Wilde made his choice now he has to deal with the downturn from the decision.