While the Wild were experiencing a night they don’t want to remember, top prospect Matt Boldy was experiencing a night he will never forget.
Making his professional debut for the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, the 20-year-old Boldy scored a goal and tallied an assist in a dominant win over the Chicago Wolves.
It was something for the organization to latch on to while the Wild were getting absolutely destroyed by the St. Louis Blues in a 9-1 blowout loss.
It seems like only a matter of time before Boldy graduates from the AHL and makes his way to the NHL. His goal on Friday night was a thing of beauty, a blistering shot from the right circle, proof he has the skill set to excel at the next level.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Boldy also found fellow heralded prospect Calen Addison with a slick saucer pass on the rush for a key insurance goal.
A first-round pick by the Wild the 2019 draft, Boldy recently turned pro following his sophomore season at Boston College. He recorded 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 22 games with the Eagles this past season and finished his collegiate career with 56 points (19 goals, 37 assists) in 55 games. He also helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at 2021 World Junior Championships.
“I think he can be very good,” general manager Bill Guerin said of Boldy a couple of weeks ago. “He’s got hockey sense. He’s got size. He’s got playmaking ability. He’s got a lot of great tools. It’s just a matter of putting them all together at the next level. Just like any other player, Matt is going to have to get a little bigger, a little stronger, a little faster and put all those things together. That’s normal. That’s for any young player.”
Kevin Fiala did not play on Saturday night as he nursed a lower-body injury. He took warmups before being replaced by Joseph Cramarossa in the Wild lineup. Nico Sturm also got the nod over Luke Johnson in the game.