Leading up to the lockout-shortened season, we will be providing 2012-13 previews for each player. In no specific order, we continue with Colin Wilson today…
Colin Wilson had arguably his best overall season in 2011-12 but still struggled to play with the consistency that Barry Trotz wants on both sides of the ice. Wilson played in 68 regular season games and put up 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points. There were times when he was one of the most dominant players on the ice, and there were times when he was practically invisible.
Toward the end of the season and into the playoffs, Wilson found himself watching more games from the pressbox than playing them on the ice. Wilson did not play at all during Nashville’s first round victory over the Detroit Red Wings in five games. He also sat out Game 1 against Phoenix in the second round, but then played in all four of the games that remained in that series against Phoenix.
In July, Wilson was signed to a three-year, $6 million contract by the Predators. He was a restricted free agent at the time.
Wilson did not go overseas to play and spent time skating both in Nashville and Winnipeg.
Wilson has the potential to be a very good player for the Predators. He has arguably the best hands on the team and can be truly dominant when he’s on his game. The trouble with Wilson in the past has been putting every aspect of his game together on a consistent basis. Trotz hinted last fall that Wilson could move to center, his natural position, but those plans have been pushed to the side for the meantime. A 48-game schedule may work to Wilson’s advantage, and that could be really good news for the Predators.