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Colin Wilson re-signs with the Predators for 3 years/$6mil


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Released via Kevin Wilson at the Nashville Predators today, the Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Colin Wilson to an 3 year/$6mil deal that which will pay Wilson $1.5mil in 2012-2013, $2mil in 2013-2014, and $2.5mil in 2014-2015.

Wilson, 22, has steadily improved each season he’s been with Nashville since being drafted 7th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Scoring 15 points in 35 games during his first season with the Predators, 34 points in 82 games two seasons ago, and 35 points in 68 games last year, Wilson seems to be finally coming into his own.

His only issue, in my mind, is his attitude. While he’s correctly worked on it over the last year and a half, he still has a little further to go on it. His attitude seemed to land him in Barry Trotz’ proverbial doghouse late last season and it cost him. However, Wilson has skills and he can step it up to another level.

As Wilson grows in age, he can only get better. He was a high first round draft selection and he’s only 22 years old, I believe we’re just starting to see the emergence of Colin Wilson and his new deal will secure that the Predators will be able to take full advantage of it.

Press release via the Predators:

“Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Colin WIlson to a three-year, $6 million contract. The Greenwich, Conn., native will make $1.5 million in 2012-13, $2 million in 2013-14 and $2.5 million in 2014-15.

Wilson, 22 (10/20/89), set career highs in assists (20) and points (35) while scoring 16 goals in 2011-12. The 6-1, 212-pounder also tied for second on the Predators in game-winning goals (5), and fourth on the club in power-play goals (5) this past season. In 185 career NHL contests since the start of the 2009-10 season, Wilson has 84 points (39g-45a).

Nashville’s first choice, seventh overall (first round), in the 2008 Entry Draft spent two seasons at Boston University prior to joining the Predators (2007-09), helping the Terriers win the 2009 NCAA National Championship and being named USA Hockey College Player of the Year in the process. Wilson was Team USA’s Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 World Junior Championships and was the only current college player to represent the Red, White and Blue at the 2009 World Championships.”