With Spencer Knight — considered by some to be the greatest American goaltending prospect ever — already committed to Boston College this fall, Jerry York added another goalie prospect to the pipeline, securing a commitment this week from Henry Wilder, a 2001-born goalie.
Wilder is ranked #14 among North American goalies in this year’s draft rankings, and is described by HockeyProspect.com’s Russ Bitely as an “athletic tender, technically sound in positioning & rebound cntl, good glove, makes good reads.”
Wilder is a local kid — from Needham, MA — currently plying his trade at Hotchkiss School (Salisbury, CT) in local prep hockey. He’s also played for the Yale Bulldogs U18 midget team.
No word has been given yet on when he would enter BC, but EliteProspects lists it as 2020, which makes sense, as he’s listed as class of 2020 with Hotchkiss hockey.
Obviously, if you’re a BC hockey fan these days, you get worried about what pretty much any recruiting news means for the status of any of BC’s highly touted prospects. However, given that Wilder is a ‘20 arrival at the earliest (and possibly later, if they decide he needs some seasoning), this commitment shouldn’t say anything about the status of Knight, a likely first round pick in the draft.
Knight is certainly likely to be a 1 or 2 year player depending on what the team that drafts him is looking for, with Ryan Edquist also still on the roster next year to round out BC’s goalkeeping tandem. This would put Wilder on schedule to compete for the starting job perhaps in 2021.
Obviously these things are fluid, but it looks like the goaltending pipeline continues to be well-stocked for the Eagles.