VANCOUVER - With its first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild selected Matt Boldy, an 18-year-old left-shot left wing. Minnesota GM Paul Fenton, a Springfield, Massachusetts native, used the second first round pick of his Wild tenure to choose an offensive force from his home state and the fourth American player taken in this year's draft.
Here is a look at Boldy's stats:
Weight: 196 lbs.
Hometown: Millis, Massachusetts
2018-19 team: USNTDP U18 Team
NHL Central Scouting Rank: 9th (North American skaters)
Scouting report: Boldy is a highly-skilled winger who has spent the past two seasons as an impact player with the U.S. National Development Team Program. Considered a bubble player when he arrived in Ann Arbor as a 16-year-old, Boldy not only made the U-17 team he led the team in scoring with 76 points (29-47--76) in 61 games.
A significant growth spurt from 5-foot-10 to his current 6-foot-2 frame not only lifted his game but raised his stock in the eyes of scouts. Boldy followed up his big season by topping it in 2018-19, notching 81 points (33-47--81) in 64 games with the USNTDP U-18 team.
A fierce puck protector and slick puck handler, Boldy's possession skills and great vision, combined with his elite passing ability, make him a dangerous playmaker. But his ability to main control of the puck in tight spaces, especially in front of the net, also makes him a scoring threat to be reckoned with.
NBCSN analyst Craig Button likened the Boston College commit's game to Colorado Avalanche star winger Mikko Rantanen who was selected 10th overall in the 2015 draft.