Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preds sign Wilson to three-year deal

The Nashville Predators announced today that they have signed forward Colin Wilson to a three-year, $6 million contract. Wilson will make $1.5 million in the 2012-13 season, $2 million in the 2013-14 season and $2.5 million in the 2014-15 season.

Wilson is coming off his best season as a Predator from a statistical standpoint. He notched 35 points in 68 regular season games. His potential is much higher than those numbers, however, and that's something the Predators will hope to help him reach over the next three years.

Wilson has endured the growing pains over the last few seasons of becoming a consistent NHL player. This could end up being a really good deal for the Predators if Wilson is able to perform consistently. Here is the official press release:

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.

(Photo Credit: Leanne Charles)