Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wilson Coming Along;Impact of O'Reilly's Injury

Colin Wilson is the most versatile player for the Nashville Predators and he's shown how effective he can be lately. So far, Wilson has 9 goals and 9 assists for 18 points, which is tied for 2nd on the team in points with Patric Hornqvist.

During the month of November, Wilson took a lot of criticism for his lack of scoring and lack of production. He seems to be hitting his stride as of late, posting 4 points in the last 3 games(2g, 2a). He can play on the wing, but is also a natural center. He hasn't been utilized at the center position very much during his time here so far, but he has adapted to the wing well.

With Cal O'Reilly's injury, there is a center that will need to be added. Before O'Reilly was hurt it was O'Reilly, Goc, Legwand, and Spaling. Now that O'Reilly is out of the picture, one may wonder if Colin Wilson is going to be put into a center position. I don't think he will. He's simply been playing too well on the wing and we have options at the center position. I think the middle is going to look something like this: Goc, Legwand, Smithson, Spaling. Doesn't sound very threatening on the offensive front does it? However, I would like to see a Wilson-Legwand-Hornqvist line work together. I think that's a combination that could be successful.

Losing O'Reilly means that Linus Klasen will likely be reinstated into the lineup on Wednesday night versus the Ducks. I don't think we're going to see anybody else get called up from Milwaukee(unless, God forbid, there is another injury). Tom Callahan is taking the approach that we're getting all of our injuries out of the way early on so we'll be healthy come April. I don't know if that's true or not, but I sure hope it is.

1 comment:

  1. I like the Leg, horny, Wilson line. I think they could do some good things.