Things haven’t gotten off to a great start for the Nashville Predators this season, but there have been some positive things for the team in the early goings of 2013. One of those bright spots has been the emergence of third-generation NHLer Colin Wilson turning into a reliable scorer for the team.
Wilson’s goal and five points place him second on the team in scoring, and he had three assists in a much-needed 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Wilson’s father, Carey, played 10 NHL seasons for the Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers and his grandfather played three games for the Montreal Canadiens.
The elder Wilson scored 169 goals and put up 427 points during his career, including five straight season of 20 or more goals for the Flames. Colin was selected by the Predators in the first round of the 2008 draft, after his freshman season at Boston University. He turned pro after his sophomore season with the Terriers, a season which saw him honored as a first-team All-American as Boston won an NCAA Championship.
Carey represented the Canadian National Team at the 1982 World Junior Championship and the 1984 Olympics, and Colin represented Team USA at the 2008 World Junior Championship and 2009 IIHF World Championship. Born in the U.S. during his father’s career but raised in Canada, Wilson faced a situation similar to that of Canadiens prospect Alex Galchenyuk at the most recent WJC.
After splitting the 2009-10 season between the AHL Milwaukee Admirals and the Predators, he has been a mainstay for the team ever since. Last season he posted a career-high 35 points, with 15 goals as Nashville reached the second round of the playoffs.
Scoring hasn’t come easy for the Predators this season, as they rank 28th in the league in goals per game. Wilson is trying to help change that, and the team has to like what they’re seeing as he looks more and more like the seventh overall pick he was a few years ago.