25-Year-Old Left Wing – Nashville Predators
Colin Wilson Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $6 million deal with the Predators in July of 2012.
Wilson (undisclosed), who wore a no-contact jersey for Tuesday's practice, was a full participant Wednesday, according to The Tennessean.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Patience is often rewarded and that was definitely the case for long-term Wilson owners last season. That is, until the injury bug hit. The former first rounder (2008) was the Preds' best offensive forward and delivered 19 points in 25 games. But in early March, Wilson suffered an upper-body injury that resulted in not one, but two shoulder stabilization surgeries -- the first in April (right) and the second in May (left). The last one had a four-to-five month rehab window which means he'll be hard-pressed to be ready for training camp. That could move him down many draft lists, but that would be a mistake. He's creative and talented, and could surprise, even on an offensively-challenged squad.
Wilson scored a career-high 35 points (15G, 20A) last season and likely would have broken the 40-point barrier if he hadnít missed 14 games with an assortment of injuries. Perhaps more importantly, Wilson was given more offensive responsibility by coach Barry Trotz last season, seeing an average of 16 minutes per night, roughly three minutes more per game compared to the previous two seasons. Wilson, who re-signed with the Predators for three more years in July, is expected to return to his role on the teamís second line alongside David Legwand and Patric Hornqvist. A major breakout season may still be a season or two away, but consider him a player on the rise.
Wilson played in all 82 games last season, his second with the Predators, and registered a respectable 16 goals and 34 total points - not bad for a second-year player. With the departure of guys like Steve Sullivan, Joel Ward, J-P Dumont and Marcel Goc this offseason, Wilson will be counted on even more next year to provide offense. Don't expect a huge step forward, but a 35-40 point season should be well within reach.
Wilson showed promise in his first year as a pro. He boasted a shot percentage of 13.8 after sinking eight goals in 35 games. Don't be surprised if he doesn't arrive in 2010-11, but do consider it a shock if he fails to become one of the Preds' better point producers in the future. Until then, Wilson should occasionally ride the AHL shuttle, with a lengthy stay possible if injuries deplete the Predators' center ranks.
Wilson is the top prospect for the Predators, and he appears primed to start etching out his NHL career this season. The large pivot scored plenty of points in college, but don't expect him to explode onto the scene a la Sidney Crosby or a player of that ilk. While he has the talent to play in the NHL at the age of 19, it'll probably be a season or two until his numbers are impressive enough to consider him for fantasy.
The 18-year-old prospect was the Predators' seventh overall pick of the 2008 NHL entry draft. Wilson was touted as having the ability to jump straight into his professional career, but has decided to return to play his sophomore season at Boston University. After scoring 12 goals and 23 assists in his freshman campaign, he is a prospect forward to watch closely in the near future.