Colin Wilson (ice hockey)

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Colin Wilson
Colin Wilson 2017-06-08 2.jpg
Wilson during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals with the Nashville Predators
Born (1989-10-20) October 20, 1989 (age 28)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Colorado Avalanche
Nashville Predators
National team  United States
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2008
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2009–present

Colin Wilson (born October 20, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his NHL career with the Nashville Predators, by whom he was drafted in 2008.

Playing career[edit]

After initially playing with the U.S. National Development Team Program as a junior, Wilson enrolled to play collegiate hockey with the Boston University Terriers of the Hockey East.

After his freshman year with the Terriers in 2007–08, he was awarded New England's college hockey Rookie of the Year, as well as Hockey East Rookie of the Year.[1] He was selected in the first round, 7th overall, by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Wilson led the Terriers in points in his sophomore season. He was recognized as one of the best players in NCAA Division I with his election to the Hobey Hat Trick, a group of three players nominated to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. His teammate, Matt Gilroy, eventually won the award. Wilson was named a first team all American, Hockey East first team, Hockey East leading goal scorer and was second in the nation in total points. The Terriers were ranked the #1 team in the nation for much of Wilson's sophomore season and went on to win the National Championship.

Wilson with the Predators in 2011.

Wilson signed a three-year entry-level contract with Nashville on April 17, 2009.[2] Wilson made his NHL debut with the Predators on October 12, 2009. He scored his first NHL goal on October 21 against Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.[3]

Following the 2014–15 NHL season Wilson became a restricted free agent under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Nashville Predators made him a qualifying offer to retain his NHL rights, and on July 5, 2015, Wilson filed for Salary Arbitration.[4]

On July 1, 2017, Wilson was traded by the Predators to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in 2019.[5]

Wilson would face his former Nashville teammates in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. He registered an assist as the Avalanche lost in six games, ending their season.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Ängelholm
Silver medal – second place 2007 Tampere

He is the son of former NHL player Carey Wilson and the grandson of former NHL player Jerry Wilson. He was born in the U.S. while his father played for the New York Rangers, but he was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He decided to represent Team USA, for whom he had played at the 2008 World Juniors. At the tournament he was tied for the most goals with 6. He was the only roster player never to have played a game in the NHL, selected to represent Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World Championships in Bern/Kloten, Switzerland.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 U.S. National Development Team USDP 65 21 22 43 20 2 0 0 0 2
2006–07 U.S. National Development Team USDP 56 30 44 74 53
2007–08 Boston University HE 37 12 23 35 22
2008–09 Boston University HE 43 17 38 55 52
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 35 8 7 15 7 6 0 1 1 0
2009–10 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 40 13 21 34 19
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 82 16 18 34 17 3 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 68 15 20 35 21 4 1 0 1 0
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 25 7 12 19 4
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 81 11 22 33 21
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 77 20 22 42 22 6 5 0 5 0
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 64 6 18 24 14 14 5 8 13 0
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 70 12 23 35 18 14 2 2 4 2
2017–18 Colorado Avalanche NHL 56 6 12 18 6 6 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 558 101 154 255 130 53 13 12 25 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 United States U17 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 6 2 8 2
2006 United States WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 8
2007 United States WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 5 7 12 4
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 6 1 7 4
2009 United States WJC 5th 6 3 6 9 4
2009 United States WC 4th 9 0 2 2 2
Junior totals 25 14 15 29 20
Senior totals 9 0 2 2 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
College
All-Hockey East Rookie Team 2007–08
All-Hockey East First Team 2008–09
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2008–09
Hockey East All-Tournament Team 2009 [7]
NCAA All-Tournament Team 2009 [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boston University: Wilson Named Hockey East Rookie of the Year". NCAA. 2008-03-20. Retrieved 2010-04-30. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Preds sign 2008 first round pick Wilson". NHL. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ "Nashville's Colin Wilson gets first NHL goal". NHL. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Player deadline reached to file arbitration". National Hockey League. 2015-07-05. Retrieved 2015-07-05. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Avalanche acquires Colin Wilson from Predators". Colorado Avalanche. 2017-07-01. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  6. ^ "2009 Team USA roster". USA Hockey. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  7. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  8. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Teddy Purcell
Hockey East Rookie of the Year
2007–08
Succeeded by
Kieran Millan
Preceded by
Bryan Ewing
Hockey East Scoring Champion
(with James Marcou)

2008–09
Succeeded by
Bobby Butler
Gustav Nyquist
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jonathon Blum
Nashville Predators first round draft pick
2008
Succeeded by
Chet Pickard