While we’re all
celebrating Vancouver style reveling in the news of Shea Weber’s resigning by the Preds, Poille and Co. made another shrewd move to help the team in the long and short term, resigning promising center Colin Wilson to a 3 year/$6 million deal.
Wilson was the Preds 1st round pick, 7th overall in the 2008 draft and has shown flashes of the player he can become. After turning pro following a successful two year stint at perennial college hockey power Boston University that culminated in an NCAA championship in 2009, Wilson has had an up and down pro career. After making the Preds out of camp in 09 and scoring his first goal in Boston (Not to brag but I was there), a recurring groin injury that hampered his play had him sent to Milwaukee where he posted a very impressive 34 points in 40 games before being recalled for good. He played 82 and posted 34 points games in 2010-2011 only to spend the majority of the playoffs watching from the press box as a healthy scratch. This year was more of the same as posted 35 points in 68 games before falling victim to the Preds plethora of NHL forwards down the stretch and in the playoffs and only appearing in 4 games. (Most his action, you’ll recall came due to Mr. Radulov and Mr. Kostitsyn thinking they were Axl Rose and Charlie Sheen on that fateful night in Arizona)
With the top 6 openings/dire need for scoring the time is now for C-Will to step up and emerge as a bona fide scoring option because no team has won a Stanley Cup on “potential” (Although tanking it and developing young players loaded with it for a few years helps, see: Penguins, Pittsburgh). I want to be on the record of saying that have the utmost confidence in #33 and believe he will deliver, besides the pressure of the NHL is nothing compared to the Beanpot!
For all the fans that need a video version of what I just said/think I’m worth looking at here’s my analysis of the Wilson signing
A player profile on Wilson
And just for the record a piece on the Weber signing