Colin Wilson
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Colin Wilson

Hometown:

Greenwich Connecticut

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-10-20

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2008

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2008

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

1st round (7th overall), 2008

Weight:

214 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2006-07: Colin Wilson came to Boston University from the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP), where he recorded 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists) in 38 games (excluding international tournaments).   In international play, Wilson was a member of the Team USA squad that captured the gold medal at the 2006 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship in Sweden.

2007-08: He represented the United States again at the 2007 IIHF U-18 WJC in Finland. In that tournament, Wilson was instrumental in guiding Team USA to a silver medal and co-led all tournament players in scoring with 12 points (five goals, seven assists).  While with the USNTDP, Wilson caught the attention of many scouts and collegiate recruiters alike.  As a freshman For Boston University, Wilson logged a lot of ice time, playing in virtually all types of situations. Wilson's impact on his team was felt immediately and his contributions have helped to make the Terriers not only the top-scoring team in Hockey East, but also one of the top offensive teams in the country.

2008-09: As a sophomore at Boston University, Wilson skated in 43 games with 17 goals, 38 assists for 55 points. Wilson led the team in scoring through the season, and stepped up in the NCAA tournament with 2 goals, 3 assists in 4 games en route to a National Championship victory. He was named to Hockey East's First All-Star Team and the New England D1 All-Stars in addition to being honored with the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born forward in New England. Wilson also represented the USA as an alternate captain on the U20 team at the WJC, scoring 3 goals, 6 assists for 9 points in 6 games. He also played in 9 games at the World Championships with 2 assists.

2009-10: In his rookie season, Wilson skated in 40 games with the Milwaukee Admirals and registered 13 goals, 21 assists for 34 points. He played in 35 NHL games with Nashville, scoring 8 goals, 7 assists for 15 points. He added 1 assist in 6 playoff games with the Predators.

 

Talent Analysis

Wilson is an instinctive player with a combination of size, power and elite-level skill. His greatest attribute is his tremendous hockey sense. What set him apart from other collegiate freshmen is how he was able to utilize his hockey sense to better the team around him regardless of which zone he is playing in. His great on-ice vision and awareness allows him to anticipate and make very good reads on developing plays.

Wilson also possesses superb hands. His great patience with and distribution of the puck is really something to marvel at. Although he can often be found setting up one of his teammates, Wilson will shoot the puck as often as the opportunities present themselves. He possesses a very good, hard shot and can get shots to the net. Wilson is equally comfortable playing on both offense and defense. The confidence that he exudes and his ability to step up his game when called upon are matched by his intensity and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Wilson is listed at 6'1/215 lbs. His tireless work ethic and unyielding commitment to his off-ice conditioning are evident in the areas of his strength and power. He is a difficult player to move off of the puck and has shown a willingness to play in the difficult areas of the ice.

 

Nashville Predators 2008 draft class produced several NHL regulars

by Shaun Bisson
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Colin Wilson - Nashville Predators

Photo: Colin Wilson, Nashville's seventh overall selection in 2008, has developed into a key top-nine forward for the Predators. (courtesy of Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)

 
At the 2008 NHL Draft the Nashville Predators had a rather interesting day, with three of the players they drafted going on to become full time NHL players. Despite having two first round picks, the Predators' greatest success came with first round pick Colin Wilson, second round pick Roman Josi, and seventh round pick Anders Lindback. While some of Nashville’s picks seemed to make sense at the time their fans may be left scratching their heads at most of the middle to late round picks from 2008.

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