In a week loaded with offensive contributors for Nashville, Colin Wilson stood out from the pack with three goals and an assist to help lead the Predators to their 3-0-1 record on the week. With 20 games left in the season, he needs just one more point to match his production from last season (16 goals and 18 assists for 34 points). Restricted free agency looms this summer, so Willy has set himself up nicely for those upcoming contract negotiations.
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Even The Tennessean recently took notice of Wilson's maturation this year:
Last season he had pointless streaks of nine, eight and six games. Such inconsistency prompted Coach Barry Trotz to make Wilson a healthy scratch for Nashville's first seven playoff games. Trotz hoped those scratches served as a lesson.
"Every player develops at different rates," Trotz said. "In Colin's case, he's got a really good offensive instinct in terms of talent and some of the things he can do.
"And then some things don't come as natural."
While he displayed physical power, patience, and soft hands with his goals against Dallas and St. Louis earlier in the week, my favorite was last night's opening score against San Jose. After Jordin Tootoo intercepts a dump-in and turns the play up-ice, Wilson simply busts a hump to fill the passing lane and buries a shot past Antti Niemi. If Wilson can combine that sort of workmanlike effort with the skills and hockey savvy he has already demonstrated, he will continue to develop into the power forward Nashville fans have been waiting for.