Colin Wilson, LW, 2008, #7 Pick in the First Round
First of all, it says something about the quality of your First Round picks if Colin Wilson is number five overall. He is certainly an enigma. We have had a series about Wilson and his inconsistency.
Colin Wilson was the Nashville Predators first of two picks in the first round. He is much better than the other, Chet Pickard who was number 14 on this list. They actually had a couple of pretty good picks; a guy named Roman Josi in the second round and goaltender Anders Lindback was chosen way down in the seventh.
In his first year as a pro, he spent part of it with the Predators and part with Milwaukee. He had 34 points for the Admirals in only 40 games. He has only surpassed that once for the Preds in his seven years in the league. His best season was two years ago with 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games.
That was a contract year and he cashed in with a four-year $15.75 million contract. He followed that with his worst year this season with only six goals in 64 games. As bad as that was, he lit it up in the playoffs with 5 goals and 13 points in only 14 games. An enigma to be sure.
Every year there is hope for Colin Wilson to turn into a 25-goal scorer. A consistent 25-goal scorer. If it happens, he will be worth his seventh overall first round pick. Of course, we want him to carry it over into the playoffs too!
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