New Jersey Devils Prospect LW Miles Wood: Prospect of the Month


If you told me that Miles Wood would be leading the Boston College Eagles in scoring I would have called you a liar. If you told me that Miles Wood would be the prospect of the month over players like Pavel Zacha, John Quenneville and Joseph Blandisi, I would have again called you a liar. However, it’s the beginning of November and both of these are true. The man cannot be stopped. Half of his games have been multi-point performances. It’s not as if BC is short of talented players. They have a stacked roster full of talented NHL prospects with prospects like, Alex Tuch, drafted by Minnesota 18th overall in 2014, Colin White who was drafted 21st overall by Ottawa in 2015, and the über talented but undersized forward in Jeremy Bracco drafted 61st overall by Toronto in 2015 who recently just left BC. None of them better than the 100th pick of 2013 draft, our own Miles Wood.

I was concerned as to how he would adjust to the college game since he spent an extra year in prep school playing against weaker opponents instead of college athletes but Wood has proved to be more than up for the task. Wood has spent three seasons in the USHS league and scored a solid 107 points in 60 games absolutely dominating the competition. Surprisingly enough Wood even made the U.S under-20 squad in 2015 before being one of the final cuts. Wood was the first high schooler to do so since the USNTDP was established in 1997. He didn’t register any points but he did have a couple of shifts on the top line with Jack Eichel and Auston Matthews.

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Wood plays a pretty simple, power forward type game. He has pretty good size standing at 6’1 and weighing around 185 pounds. Woods best attribute though is his speed and skating by far. He is a very speedy power winger that gets most of his chances off breakaways. He is also an underrated passer. Through six games Wood has racked up two goals and six assists. If I were to compare his game to someone in the NHL, I’d say former Boston College Eagle and present NY Ranger Chris Kreider would be a good fit. Minus the whole running into the opposing teams goalie thing of course. Both are big physical speedy wingers who can contribute.

I see no reason why Wood cannot continue the production he has in the early goings of the NCAA season. He’s getting top line minutes on a talented BC squad and seems to be the go-to guy for offense. I would like to see him to keep up the production and just to continue playing his game. I see Wood following in the same footsteps of Santini and staying in Boston till at least his junior year. When Miles was first drafted I thought of him as nothing more than a 3rd line or 4th line player but right now he is definitely showing that he has scoring line upside.

What do you guys think? Can Wood become a scoring line winger in the NHL? How long do think he stays at Boston College? Will he continue to produce and lead the Eagles in scoring? Thanks for reading!