General Manager David Poile knocked another item off the offseason list today, and it was a sizable one at that.
4 more years for forward Colin Wilson with the #Preds —> http://t.co/mPX6Fp1Mlo pic.twitter.com/p7Spg91Z0Z
— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) July 27, 2015
Colin Wilson was highly thought of in his draft year seven years ago, with the Predators picking him seventh overall in 2008. That year, he led the World Junior Championships in scoring playing top line minutes. He played with current NHL names such as Kyle Okposo, Max Pacioretty, and James Van Reimsdyk. Now, he’s getting paid nearly $4 million per season for the next four years.
He made his debut with Nashville in 2009-10 after forgoing his final two years at Boston University, suiting up for 35 contests and scoring eight goals and 15 points. The next three seasons out of four(excluding ’13), he put up 10+ goals and 30+ points.
This season, He had a career year on the wing, 22 goals and 42 points, playing with Mike Fisher(when healthy) and Craig Smith on the second line. With Wilson breaking out in a contract year, it was obvious that the combination would result in a pay raise from his previous $2 million mark. The 25-year old has yet to hit his prime either, so a four-year deal up until that point is smart for both sides.
Here are Wilson’s possession numbers courtesy of OwnThePuck.com.
With Wilson and the Preds avoiding arbitration, Poile has more than likely completed his offseason checklist. But, he will have little time to rest, as Filip Forsberg, Mattias Ekholm, and Seth Jones will all be RFAs next season likely being in the same boat as Wilson.
For now however, all that’s left is the wait for October.
Stats courtesy of hockeydb
Team USA World Junior information courtesy of USA Hockey Magazine
Salaries courtesy of Spotrac and CapFriendly
Analytics courtesy of OwnThePuck.com