Ryan Wilson is proof that statistics alone are not enough to go on when evaluating a prospect. The 6’1, 212lb defenseman put up 13 goals and 37 points this season, to go along with 149 penalty minutes. That type of production from a player Wilson’s size is impressive considering his age. Unfortunately, the Windsor, Ontario native struggled defensively most of the season, as a result of being asked to do too much for a team that finished last in its division. Another consequence of his misuse was that Wilson was not able to work on his flaws.
The areas of Wilson’s game that most need work are skating and defense. He was caught scrambling in his own end far too often, and lacks the recovery speed to conceal his mistakes. A hard worker and on-ice leader, if Wilson could clean up his defensive zone coverage, and work on his skating stride he would be a very solid prospect. Wilson’s play in the playoffs, which included four goals and nine points in ten total games in the Majors’ five-game upset of top seeded Mississauga, should only help his stock. He is a gamer that simply needs to be developed properly.
Scout #1: [Wilson’s] too knock-kneed for me; he’s got some offensive gifts but my groins get sore watching him skate! There’s no way that he can be an NHL player and skate like that, his knees will wear out from rubbing together.
ISS (Apr.): Although the St. Michaels Majors upset the No. 1 seeded Mississauga IceDogs in the first round of the OHL playoffs despite missing Nathan McIver, we were disappointed with the play of Ryan Wilson. He seemed confused at times, lacked intensity at times and his foot speed is still a major concern for us at ISS. We still believe he has a chance to become a player but his first-round performance did not impress us and a drop in our rankings is the result.