Miles Wood

Hometown:

Buffalo New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-09-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (100th overall), 2013

Weight:

160 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Miles Wood skated for Mass North U17 along with his older brother Tyler Wood in the New England Fall Prep League and skated for the Salem Ice Dogs Empire League junior team. In 14 games he scored 4 goals with 5 assists and had 8 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in two playoff games for the Ice Dogs.

2011-12: Woods played 14 junior games for Salem in the Empire League, scoring 8 goals with 1 assist and 28 penalty minutes. Wood was invited to USA Hockey’s Select 17 Development Camp in June.

2012-13: Wood joined his older brother Tyler at Massachusetts’ Nobles and Greenough School. Repeating his sophomore year in his first season in the New England Prep School league, he scored 8 goals with 10 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 15 games before suffering a season-ending foot injury. He also skated in six games for the Cape Cod Whalers U18 team. Wood committed to playing college hockey at Brown in 2014-15. Ranked 138th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings he was select by New Jersey in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Wood had a breakout junior season for Nobles and Greenough in his second season of prep school hockey. In 27 games he scored 29 goals with 24 assists. Nobles finished second behind Thayer in the Keller Division of the Independent School League. Wood de-committed from playing college hockey at Brown during the season and in March 2014 announced that he was committing to play at Boston College in 2015-16. 

2014-15: Wood had 35 points in 17 games for Nobles as a senior and was the only prep school player on the USA U20 team at the 2015 World Junior Championship. Playing on the Bulldogs’ top line with Cody Todesco and Michael Fahie, he scored 17 goals with 17 assists as Nobles reached the Elite 8 quarterfinals, falling 6-1 to Gunnery. In five games at the World Juniors he was +1 with no points 6 penalty minutes. The USA finished fifth, falling 3-2 to Russia in the quarterfinals.  

Talent Analysis

Wood, the son of long-time NHL forward Randy Wood, is a skilled finesse player with the prototypical size of a strong power forward. His skating is his greatest asset but over the years he has learned how to utilize his body for both offensive and defensive purposes. At the World Juniors Championships, he demonstrated he could be used in a checking role to support better triggermen. His playmaking and hockey IQ continues to improve and he should continue to develop throughout college.

Future

Wood has made a smooth transition from prep school hockey to the college game in his freshman season at Boston College in 2015-16. Skating on one of the nation's top teams he is among the team leaders in assists and has played a solid two-way game. At New Jersey's development camp in July, Wood mentioned that he could play in a top-six role as a scorer or set-up man, but he does not mind playing in a supporting role and sticking up for another playmaker. That has been the case thus far with the Eagles and that will likely be his role in the pro game.

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