Miles Wood is a Left Winger who began his junior hockey career with the Salem Ice Dogs of the Empire Junior Hockey League. He would play with them for two seasons before moving on to play at Noble and Greenough School. His first year there would be the 2012-2013 hockey season when Wood recorded 8 goals and 10 assists in 15 games.
Wood declared eligibility for the 2013 NHL Draft and was drafted by the New Jersey Devils with 100th pick of the draft. In his second season with the team, Wood played in 13 more games than the prior season and his point totals improved drastically. He tallied 29 goals and 25 assists in 28 games that season.
In his last year at Noble and Greenough, Wood played in fewer games, but he still performed well, notching 17 goals and 18 assists in 17 games. For the 2015-2016 season, Wood played at Boston College where his success continued as he scored 10 goals and added 25 assists in 37 games.
In April, Wood was called up for his first NHL game so here is a look at his career in the AHL and NHL and what he brings to the table.
Regular Season and Playoffs:
Wood’s first NHL game was on April 9, 2016 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils would win the game by a score of 5-1, but Wood didn’t score any points.
In the latest 2016-2017 hockey season, Wood began the season with the New Jersey Devils playing two games and registering no points.
He was sent down to the Albany Devils in the AHL, but returned to the Devils in late November. He would spend the rest of the season with the New Jersey Devils. After New Jersey had been eliminated from playoff contention, he was sent back down to the AHL in April. Wood finished his NHL season with 8 goals and 9 assists in 60 games.
The Albany Devils qualified for the playoffs and Wood played two games for them. Wood finished the AHL season with 4 goals and 4 assists in 15 games. In the playoffs, he recorded no points.
Wood has represented the United States on two different occasions. First, he was a member of the 2015 World Junior Championships team for the United States where he played in five games; he recorded no points as the team came in fifth in the tournament.
In 2016, Wood played in the World Championships for the United States, appeared in 10 games, and scored a goal as the team came in fourth.
What’s next for Miles Wood?
The New Jersey Devils are moving in a rebuilding direction with players who are younger. They have some great players like Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Adam Henrique, and of course, the number one pick in the draft, Nico Hischier. As these guys play together they will develop chemistry and get better.
Wood will likely be on the team’s third line next season with Pavel Zacha and Stefan Noesen. The Devils won’t be a serious contender for the Stanley Cup next season, but in a few years, look for Wood to help them on their way.
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