ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild selected left wing Matthew Boldy with the 12th overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft tonight at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Boldy, 18 (4/5/01), spent the 2018-19 season with the United States National Team Development Program (NTDP), totaling 81 points (33-48=81) in 64 games. He led the team in shorthanded goals (4), ranked second in power-play goals (10), third in goals and fourth in scoring. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Milford, Mass., native ranked second on Team USA in goals (17) and points (43), T-2nd in game-winning goals (2) and assists (26) and third in PPG (4) and shots (97) in 28 games in the United States Hockey League (USHL). He notched a 10-game point streak (5-12=17) from Dec. 1, 2018-Feb. 27, 2019 and collected 14 multi-point games, including a season-high three points six times. The left-shot winger was named Player of the Game at the 2018 USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Xcel Energy Center after tallying three points (2-1=3) for Team Langenbrunner. Boldy is committed to Boston College for the fall of 2019.
"Matthew is a power forward with scoring ability along with good hockey sense and playmaking skills," said Paul Fenton, Minnesota Wild General Manager. "He is heavy on pucks down low and has played center in the past."
The forward entered tonight's draft ranking No. 9 on the NHL Central Scouting's list of North American Skaters. He owns 157 points (62-95=157) in 125 career NTDP contests in the last two seasons (2017-19). He helped the United States win gold at the 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he finished third in tournament scoring (3-6=9). He also ranked third in points (3-9=12) in seven contests at the 2019 IIHF Under-18 World Championship where the U.S. earned a bronze medal.
The Wild currently owns seven selections in rounds 2-7 of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which starts tomorrow at 12 p.m. CT on the NHL Network: #63 and #73 in the third round, #99 in the fourth round, #149 in the fifth round, #166 and #179 in the sixth round, and #197 in the seventh round.