Today we rank the top three goals scored last year by Predators forward Colin Wilson, but first let us recap his year and explain what we possibly could see from Colin Wilson this upcoming season.
Colin Wilson had another “Colin Wilson” year where he posted 33 total points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 81 games played.
Wilson has been looked at by a lot of Predators fans as a player who could/should be a regular first-line center, but his development and statistics over the past few seasons and especially last season has not helped his case to become that “go to” guy.
Now, a 33 point season is not a bad season by any means, but on the other hand it’s not a great one either.
Predators fans have a mixed bag of feelings towards Colin Wilson. The headline above Wilson has read “this year Colin Wilson will have a breakout season” for the past few seasons; that headline doesn’t necessarily change this season but is it safe to say that if he doesn’t perform at least close to his expectations this year it will be an interesting offseason next year when Wilson becomes a restricted free-agent.
I see Wilson having another decent season, probably right around 35 points again playing on the second or third-line for the Predators.
I am hoping for a breakout season from Wilson, I think we all are, but when does hoping for that breakout season lose its flair and we realize we’ve possibly already been exposed to the best of Colin Wilson to come?
Here are Colin Wilson’s top three goals from a year ago:
Goal #3: A little fore-hand back-hand move to beat Varlamov
Analysis: First of all, how about Viktor Stalberg’s work during this highlight? Stalberg steals the puck for the second time in this 58-second clip and feeds Colin Wilson who is open in the slot where he puts on a great move to beat Varlamov in the one-on-one situation.
Goal #2: “Hi, I am Colin Wilson, I will take that top-left corner please”
Analysis: Good-grief, what a wrist-shot! Not much to say here; the Wild defensemen let Wilson walk-in on net and he picked a spot in the corner of the net and lit-the-lamp. Great shot, great goal.
Goal #1: The back-handed, top-roof, beauty
Analysis: Everyone else loves watching Seth Jones carry the puck into the zone like seen in this highlight as much as I do, right? Jones finds Wilson cutting in front of the net and then puts a great move on Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey then goes back-hand, top-shelf; blowing the roof off of Bridgestone Arena.
Tomorrow we’ll continue the series of Top 3 Goals with the best from Predators defenseman Roman Josi.