Chris Wilkie

Hometown:

Omaha Nebraska

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-07-10

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

6th round (162nd overall), 2015

Weight:

200 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Chris Wilkie skated for the Omaha Lancers U16 AAA team as a 14-year-old and was invited to the USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp in July 2011. In 20 regular season games with the Lancers he scored 3 goals with 5 assists and no penalties. Wilkie had no points and 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was selected by Victoria in the fourth round (67th overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Wilkie made his USHL debut — skating in one game for the Lincoln Stars — and averaged over two points per game with the Omaha Lancers U16 team in the North American Prospect Hockey League. He had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Stars. Wilkie scored 22 goals with 26 assists and 8 penalty minutes in 18 season games for Omaha, including 3 goals and 10 assists in four playoff games. In January 2012 he committed to playing college hockey at North Dakota in 2014-15. He attended the USA Hockey National Team Development Program evaluation camp and was offered a spot in the program for the 2012-13 season.

2012-13: Wilkie moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to skate for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program. Playing on the NTDP U17 team, he was the team’s fourth-leading scorer behind Sonny Milano (Columbus), Jack Eichel (Buffalo) and Yale recruit Ryan Hitchcock. In 56 games he scored 13 goals with 18 assists and 40 penalty minutes. Wilkie played for the USA U17 team at the 2013 World Hockey Challenge, scoring 3 goals with 6 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six games. The USA finished third, falling 6-4 to Russia in the semifinals before defeating Canada Quebec, 4-3, in the bronze medal game. Wilkie was selected by Tri-City with the second overall pick in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Wilkie left the NTDP program to skate for the USHL’s Tri-City Storm. The team’s leading scorer, he had 17 goals with 19 assists in 57 games and was -17 with 39 penalty minutes. Tri-City finished seventh in the Western Conference, missing the Clark Cup playoffs. Ranked 207th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, he was not selected in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Wilkie was one of three players to share the USHL goal-scoring lead, scoring 35 goals for Tri-City in his second season, tying Sioux City’s Robert Carpenter and Brock Boeser of Waterloo. The Storm’s leading scorer, he also had 20 assists and was +4 with 66 penalty minutes in 59 regular season games. Tri-City finished second in the Western Conference, defeating Omaha in a first-round series before falling to Clark Cup champion Sioux Falls in the conference finals. Wilkie scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -2 with 33 penalty minutes in seven playoff games. He was ranked 113th amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings in his second year of eligibility and was selected by Florida in the sixth round (162nd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Wilkie played in 32 of 44 games for national champion North Dakota in his freshman season of college hockey. He scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes. The Fighting Sioux finished first in the NCHC, falling to Minnesota-Duluth in the conference semifinals and tying Denver, 1-1, in the third-place game. North Dakota topped Northeastern and Michigan to win the NCAA Midwest Regional and defeated Denver, 4-2, in the Frozen Four semifinals before winning 5-1 over Quinnipiac in the national championship game.

Talent Analysis

Wilkie is an inconsistent but talented forward. He’s a quick skater and scored 35 goals in 59 games for the Tri-City Storm in 2014-15. An improved two-way game will go a long way in determining whether or not he has what it takes to play at the pro level.

Future

Wilkie had nine points in 32 games for the University of North Dakota as a freshman in 2015-16. He will look to move into a more prominent role for the Fighting Sioux as a sophomore. As with most late round draft picks, Wilkie faces long odds in one day reaching the NHL but his offensive skill set makes him an intriguing prospect.

2015 NHL Draft: Tri-City’s Wilkie a Cornhusker with his eyes set on North Dakota

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Chris Wilkie - Tri-City Stom

Photo: Tri-City Storm forward and 2015 prospect Chris Wilkie is currently tied for third in goals-scoring in the USHL with 22 goals (courtesy of Tri-City Storm)

 

When asked why he got into hockey, Chris Wilkie smiles and offers a short laugh. “Well, my dad actually played in the National Hockey League, so that’s obviously where I started playing hockey,” he says, referring to his father, David Wilkie, who played for the Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers in parts of six NHL seasons. “My mom was from Omaha, so that’s where we would be in the summers, and then we just ended up moving back to Omaha, and we’ve been there for most of my life.” Read more»

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There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more»

NCAA commitments of 2014 NHL Draft-eligible players

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2014 NHL Draft - Alex Tuch - Minnesota Wild

Photo: The Minnesota Wild’s 2014 first round selection, Alex Tuch, will attend Boston College starting in the Fall of 2014 (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)

 

Below is the list of all NCAA-bound players that appeared on NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings whose commitments (verbal or otherwise) to college programs have been verified. Players with an “N/A” appeared in the midterm rankings, but were not included in the final rankings (although they have been noted on it). Read more»