The Boston Bruins continue to be active with the upcoming trade deadline. The Bruins made their second swap of the day acquiring prospect, Cody Wild from the Edmonton Oilers. In return Boston sent the Oilers on of their prospects, Matt Marquardt.
Once again the Bruins were dealing for some prospects. This time acquiring another defenseman in Cody Wild. Cody Wild was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 5th Round of the 2006 NHL Draft. He was taken 140th overall. Cody Wild was born June 5th, 1987 in North Providence, Rhode Island. He stand at 6″ 1 and weighs 183 lbs. Wild shoots left and has a great instinct for a defenseman.
In his first rookie year for Providence College Cody Wild led his Friar’s teammates with 21 points(6 goals, 18 assists). He earned many accolades including being named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. 06-07 he still led his teammates in scoring despite missing 4 games and playing under 100% because of a torn labarum. He had surgery before attending Edmonton’s June prospect camp in a limited role because of rehabbing.
In the 07-08 season Wild recorded a new career high with 22 points. After that he chose to go finish the 07-08 season with the Oilers AHL team, the Springfield Falcons. In the AHL campaign with Springfield he had 3 points in 13 games. Here are is minor league stats:
Cory Wild is a very smart defenseman who is also gifted with natural offensive ability. He is an excellent skater with speed and is very active in the game. One of Cory Wild’s best qualities is his decision-making capability. He easily finds and open spaces on the ice and takes advantage of them quite effectively. He knows when and when not to jump into plays. Wild has great hands and has some great accuracy so he can get the puck where he wants. He is a very hard worker on the ice.
However although he is a gifted offensive defenseman the same cannot be said about his defensive ability. Wild has often struggled in this area of play. We mentioned before that he has good decision making, but not when it comes to deciding whether to play defence or offense. This could prove an issue for the new Bruins defenseman.
To acquire Cody Wild they sent away this man, Matt Marquardt. Let’s look at him a bit more.
Matt Marquardt was originally by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 7th round of the 2006 NHL Draft. He was drafted 194th overall. Matt was born July 19th, 1987 in North Bay, Ontario, Canada. He stands 6″ 3 and weighs 222 lbs. Matt is a left-handed shooter and is a huge man on the ice.
Matt is a native of Ontario. Marquardt wasn’t selected in his OHL draft year. Instead, Ted Nolan asked him to come east and join the Moncton Wildcats. The Wildcats were satisfied, as Marquardt improved and got more ice time as the season progressed. He finished with 25 points with 16 of them being goals. Matt Marquardt was one of the team’s many silent heroes during the Memorial Cup tournament.
In the 06-07 season with the departure of several high-end prospects to a variety of AHL destinations and headman Nolan to the NHL, Marquardt got a surge in offensive production his second season with Moncton. He was tops on the team with 70 points including 41 goals and 21 assists.
After beginning the 07-08 season with Moncton, he was traded at the deadline to the Baie Comeau Drakkar. Baie Comeau suffered a disappointing loss in the first round to the Oceanic from Rimouski.
Matt was traded to the Boston Bruins in May 2008. Signed an entry level contract.
Now in his second season with Providence(09-10) and his second professional season, the 22-year-old has shown flashes of offensive ability and also possesses the big frame the Bruins seem partial to. Although he is an enigmatic player, he can be offensively inconsistent.
Here are his minor league stats:
A mammoth of a player, Marquardt has NHL size and potential to be a good big man for a hockey team. He hits like a monster and can change around the pace and momentum of the game with the one big hit. However he also possesses surprising soft hands and an accurate shot. His skating requires legitimate work, but with his work ethic that should not be an issue.
Did the Bruins make a good move here?
My thoughts are yes. Cody Wild is a good defenseman who can be a great asset to the Boston Bruins over the years. Matt Marquardt is too inconsistent in my mind to be of worth to Boston. If he is going to be a problem with his inconsistent play it’s better to just let go of him while we have the chance. Bruins made a great move here and I cannot wait to see Cody Wild in action for Boston.
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