2005-06: The 6’1/195 lbs. local product made a quite a splash in his rookie campaign for Providence College. The instinctive defenseman led all Friars blueliners in scoring with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists). Wild’s outstanding season earned him numerous accolades including a selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie team.
2006-07: In 32 games with the Providence College Friars (H-East), Wild tallied six goals and 14 points (led D-men for 2nd straight season); he was a Hockey East honorable mention for his play this season.
2007-08: A junior at Providence College (H-East), the defenseman potted four goals and a career-high 22 points in 32 appearances with the Friars. He also got his first look at professional hockey this season, netting a goal and three points in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL).
2008-09: Wild appeared in several games with Springfield (AHL) last season, but 2008-09 marked his first full year of professional hockey with the Falcons. Opting out of collegiate play, he tallied four goals and 18 points through 59 AHL games, racking up a career-high 42 penalty minutes in the process. He also spent time with the Stockton Thunder (ECHL), where he potted a goal and three points through six games.
2009-10: Good for 17 points in his AHL time between Springfield and Providence, he would also see a couple of games in the East Coast League, registering 1 assist down there.
Wild is a very smart defenseman who is blessed with natural offensive ability. He is an excellent skater with speed and is very active. One of Wild’s greatest attributes is his decision-making capability. He finds and utilizes open spaces on the ice quite effectively and knows when to jump into plays. Wild has great hands and the ability to get his shots to the net. He works and competes hard as well.
On the other end of the spectrum, Wild’s defensive play is an area of weakness and a focus for the Oilers as they try and turn him into a NHL player. The biggest weakness Wild has in his decision making in regards to when to turn on the offensive switch and when to play defence.
Acquired by the Boston Bruins from the Edmonton Oilers at the 2010 NHL Trade Deadline.