In the absence of David Legwand, the Nashville Predators‘ management has turned their eyes to Colin Wilson as if to say, “time to show us what you’ve really got.”
Wilson, a 24-year-old Connecticut native selected No. 7 overall in the 2008 draft, has shown glimpses of his talent throughout his five seasons as a Predator. However, for every spectacular game he has there are handfuls that follow where he disappears completely. This has led to being a frequent visitor in Barry Trotz‘s doghouse, being benched several times including during the playoffs. Whether this has been a symptom of Nashville’s defensive system, Wilson’s own development, or both is still in question. What is soon to be answered is what he can do when given a bigger role that many have wanted to see him in.
Twice he has hit the 30 point mark, and he seemed ready to break that last year during the abbreviated season. However, a shoulder injury ended his season after only 25 games. His 19 points in those games had him scoring at the highest rate (.076 PPG) of his career even though much of that was thanks to a shooting percentage at an ungodly 25.6 percent.
He hasn’t picked up that scoring pace this season, but with being told he is now the team’s top center, will that change? Perhaps that extra responsibility will give him confidence to make the simple play rather than over thinking every time he is on the ice. If he can skate without having to worry about being benched after making a mistake, that could allow him to get back to playing his game.
For Wilson, the last 20 games of the season are all about proving he has a dynamic future with the Predators. He doesn’t need to score a point per game, but he will need to make his line mates better as well as count on himself to shoot the puck more to help his team in the goalscoring department. Whether he likes it or not, the Colin Wilson era has started in Nashville. It’s his time to shine.