Kyle Wood

by Keith Duggan on January 12, 2017

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Kyle Wood, D

Shoots: R

Height: 6-05

Weight: 217

Born: 1996-05-04

Hometown:  Waterloo, ON

Drafted: 3rd round 2014 (84th overall)

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2017- Kyle Wood hasn't slowed down at all, proving to be one of the best rookies in the AHL. He has eight goals and 30 points for 29 games, good for 18th in the league in scoring and third among rookies. Wood is fourth among defenseman in scoring and obviously first among rookie backends. On January 30th he'll suit up for Team Pacific for the AHL All-Star game where it will be interesting to see his rocket of a shot in the Skills Competition. Keith Duggan

 

October 2016- It's been a strong start to Kyle Wood's first pro season as he's been named CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for October. He's recorded at least one point in all of Tucson's five games, totaling two goals and six assists for eight points while helping the Roadrunners to first place in the Pacific Division. Keith Duggan

 

April 2016- It was a excellent final season of junior for Kyle Wood, who put up eight goals and 39 points in 49 games, good for 20th among defenseman in the OHL. He had a very strong playoff's for the North Bay Battalion, scoring 13 points in 11 games. Wood signed his entry-level deal with the Coyotes and had a late season audition with the Springfield Falcons in the AHL, playing two scoreless games. Right shooting defenseman is a weak spot with the Coyotes so that will help Wood move up the depth chart but look for him to spend 2016-17 in the AHL. Keith Duggan

 

February 2016 - Wood has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes along with fellow prospect Connor Bleackley in a four-player swap. He currently sits at 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 40 games in the OHL, and is wearing an A for the Battalion. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2015 - Wood's season with the Battalion has finally begun after recovering from a broken hand that stopped him from attending Avalanche training camp. He has no points in two games so far, but will hopefully ease back into his role as an all-around defencman with powerplay success. Hayden Soboleski

 

April 2015 – Wood lived up to expectations in his first full and healthy season with the OHL’s North Bay Battalion. A dislocated kneecap early in the year limited his 2013-2014 season to 35 regular season games (in which he scored 12 points) and a long playoff run (10 points in 22 games), but his solid defensive play (plus-15 on the season) and ability to play on the second power-play unit raised his draft stock before being selected by the Avalanche in the third round. Wood seems to have fully recovered from the knee injury as he played 67 games this season, scoring a higher-than-expected 16 goals and 24 assists including 11 power-play goals – leading the team. He also maintained a positive plus-minus (plus-2) while being given greater responsibilities. The Battalion have made another strong run and remain in the OHL playoffs, in which Wood has been a solid contributor with eight points in nine games.

 

Wood’s enormous size gives him a natural edge in development, as he is already big enough and strong enough to hold his ground once given a look in the big leagues. Combining his natural strength with his improved offensive ability demonstrated this season on the power play makes him a valuable prospect in the Avalanche pipeline. It should also be noted that despite his size and defensive responsibilities, Wood does not take many penalties, which vouches well for his ability to keep up with the play despite his size. At age 18 he should be ready for time with the Lake Erie Monsters in the AHL next season given his size, but may remain in the OHL to develop further. The Avalanche will hope he continues to manage his defensive game while being a helpful offensive contributor on the power play.

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Maintaining progress both offensively and defensively can be difficult when making the jump to the AHL, so his role once he makes that jump will be indicative of the Avalanche’s plans for him down the road. 

 

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