The 2013-14 season was a big one for Penguins 2011 NHL Draft pick Scott Wilson. Wilson appeared in 31 games for University of Massachusetts-Lowell, helping that squad win the Hockey East championship. And he made his pro debut with Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton of the American Hockey League.
“It was huge. You have no idea what to expect,” Wilson said of his first game with WBS. “You talk to some of the guys, and they try to tell you a couple of pointers and whatnot, but the first game is kind of a feeling out game. So, I’m just glad I have that under my belt for next year.”
The 22-year-old forward has already constructed a successful college career. Wilson had a standout freshman season in 2011-12 with the Riverhawks, posting 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 37 contests. He ranked second in the NCAA in points per game (1.03) among first-year players.
Additionally, he was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team, and was the 2012 recipient of the New England Hockey Writers George C. Carens Rookie of the Year Award.
Wilson then played an instrumental role in helping UMass-Lowell reach the Frozen Four – which was hosted by CONSOL Energy Center – for the first time in program history during the 2012-13 season. The 5-foot-11, 184 pound player said he learned a lot during that run.
“The year before that too we were one game shy of making it to the Frozen Four,” Wilson said. “So that kind of game gave us a burst of energy the second time around to make it in Pittsburgh. Having it here in such a great city gave us another drive to get to Philly (in 2013-14), but we didn’t make it.”
But Wilson is looking ahead, not behind. Since being drafted in 2011, Wilson has gotten bigger and stronger, and he knows what he needs to do moving forward.
“I think it’s the little things,” Wilson said. “Guys always say that, and you kind of understand what they mean, but you have to be involved in it to understand. And so little things on and off the ice, just detail work are the biggest things. I think I’m ready for the next level now, and I’ve been working hard the last few years for that.”