The Nashville Predators were counting on Colin Wilson to be a 20-goal scorer this season.
That’s because he was last season as he hit right on 20 for the first time in his career. The former seventh overall pick of the Predators in 2008 was paid like a 20-goal scorer this past offseason as well. He signed a four-year, $15.25 million contract that was similar to the contract that Craig Smith signed.
For him to hit 20 goals this season he will need to score 15 in the final four games. You read that right, Wilson has a grand total of five goals this season. He hasn’t scored a goal since February 27th and only has two in his last 26 games. Granted he has been playing recently on the fourth line and seemingly playing better but this team needs him to score goals.
In a surprise move on Thursday against Pittsburgh, Colin Wilson was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. That means that even though the Predators were supposedly looking to sign a college left winger last week that didn’t work out, Wilson is sitting instead of players like Miikka Salomaki and Austin Watson.
We have nothing against Salomaki and Watson but Colin Wilson was supposed to be a Top Six forward this season and hopefully improve on last year, not regress. He has always been a streaky player, consistency is one of the knocks against him but this is a pretty bad streak.
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Now it is wondered if Coach Peter Laviolette was just sitting him down for a game to get his head straight or if he’s lost total confidence in him and is ready to move on. It’s hard to believe that the Predators would leave all of that money sitting on the bench but Salomaki has five goals too and does a lot more things on the ice. There was no practice today to see where he was slotted.
You can read more about Wilson in this next article that was written recently by our staff:
Last year he had five goals in only six games in the playoffs. That’s the kind of production that the Predators need from young Colin Wilson. It remains to be seen where he fits on this team going forward.