Colin Wilson currently leads the Nashville Predators in all three scoring metrics: goals, assists and points. He has seven goals and 12 assists for a total of 19 points. The seventh overall draft pick in 2008 and product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, he’s always been in the Nashville system and the team needs his offensive production.
That’s why it’s especially bad news that he left the team’s March 9 game against the Minnesota Wild with an upper-body injury. He took a hit from behind during the second period and left the game after that–just another blow to the Preds after they lost Patric Hornqvist (three goals and five assists) to another upper-body injury in their March 8 blowout of the Edmonton Oilers.
In the absence of Wilson and Hornqvist, other top scorers like Gabriel Bourque, Martin Erat, Shea Weber and Sergei Kostitsyn will need to step up and pick up the slack, but the only issue is that Nashville is not exactly prolific at goal-scoring. As a team, the Preds are already having a problem putting the biscuit in the basket, as it were.
Ranked dead last in the league in terms of goals for with an average of 2.08 per game–compared to the top-ranking Pittsburgh Penguins, who put up 3.56 goals for per game–it’s definitely not a hopeful sign for Wilson to be injured. Last month, he was even on a five-game point streak and a concurrent four-game assist streak. Considering that the Predators are trying to make the playoffs and are currently outside the playoff picture, Wilson’s presence is important.
The good news is that Hornqvist is expected to only miss two games and Wilson will be re-evaluated soon to see just how serious his injury is. Perhaps both of them will be back in the lineup soon.