Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's no secret that the Nashville Predators have problems when it comes to scoring goals. The Predators are 28th in the league with an average of 2.44 goals per game, and 27th in league on the power-play with a conversion rate of 15.0%. Colin Wilson has the offensive tools needed to help those numbers out.
Wilson is only 21 years old and is still developing as a hockey player in the NHL. His natural born position is center, but he's been playing on the wing since he has been with the Predators. In his rookie campaign last season, Wilson had 8 goals and 7 assists in 35 games played. So far this year, Wilson has 14 goals and 16 assists in 64 games played. Wilson has three components to his game that could make him a huge offensive threat if he would apply them nightly: Size, skill, and speed.
Listed at 6'1" 214 pounds, Wilson has the size to be a successful player. He's a big kid. There's not many people who are going to physically be able to push him around like they would with someone like Steve Sullivan. His size is a valuable asset, particularly when he drives to the net. You'll find that the majority of his goals this year are from driving to the net.
Secondly, the kid has a pretty good skill level. The next time you go to a Predators home game, watch Wilson in warmups. He has the best hands on the team and it's really not close. He has tremendous skill with the hockey puck and knows how to finish when he's on a breakaway. I've always questioned why Trotz never sends him out for a shootout attempt. Wilson is very good at converting on breakaway chances. He's also scored a few highlight reel goals in his short career.
Wilson also has pretty good speed. That's how he pulls away from people when he gets on his breakaways. He always has the speed to get to the loose pucks, he just has recently had trouble holding onto the puck.
If Wilson figures out how to put his size, skill, and speed together on a nightly basis, the Predators are going to have a legitimate scoring threat. The problem is that he hasn't figured it out yet. He's still a very young hockey player so you can't legitimately expect him to have figured it all out yet. However, the Preds need him now. The Predators are in diar need for offense, and they have someone already on their roster who can potentially give them a tremendous boost. It just hasn't come yet. The Predators need him to start to figure it out over the next 18 games if they want to make a playoff run this year.
Posted by Robby Stanley at 11:32 PM