It seems odd for a player to play all 82 regular season games and then get scratched for the first game of the playoffs, but Nashville coach Barry Trotz didn't think Colin Wilson earned the right to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
"He didn't do anything wrong," Trotz said Thursday. "He just didn't do enough things right. It's a privilege to play in the playoffs. It's a privilege to play in the National Hockey League. It's a privilege to have one of the 12 spots as a forward on our hockey team."
Trotz instead gave a spot to rookie Blake Geoffrion, opting not use Wilson, a 16-goal scorer this season.
Trotz noted that Wilson, the seventh pick in the 2008 draft, wasn't happy about the move and he likened it to defenseman Ryan Suter having similar growing pains earlier in his career.
"He'll start to understand that it is a privilege to play," Trotz said. "There is a certain level you have to play at … it's not that Colin's not a mature person. He's still a young guy. He's been a top pick. He's played a high level at every level that he's played at and been a very prominent player. All of a sudden he's not that prominent player, and that's hard to deal with for a young guy."