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Getting to Know: Scott Wilson

by James Santelli / Pittsburgh Penguins

Position: Left Wing
Size: 5-foot-11, 184 pounds
Birth Date: April 24, 1992
How the Pens Acquired Him: Drafted in 7th round (209th overall) of 2011 NHL Draft

Claim to Fame: Wilson made an extra appearance at CONSOL Energy Center earlier this year by leading the University of Massachusetts-Lowell to the 2013 Frozen Four for the first time in school history. UMass-Lowell took the Hockey East regular season and postseason titles before going on a postseason run to Pittsburgh, where the River Hawks lost to Yale in overtime of the National Semifinal.

2012-13 Season:
In his sophomore season, Wilson led UMass-Lowell with a team-high 38 points (16G-22A). He also shined in three league postseason games (1G-3A) to be named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team.

Numbers Never Lie: Before his Frozen-Four-bound sophomore season, Wilson had an impressive debut for the River Hawks. He scored the exact same totals as in his sophomore season as he did his freshman year: 16 goals and 22 assists, enough to be second in points per game (1.03) among all NCAA rookies. Wilson was a unanimous choice to the Hockey East All-Rookie team and winner of the conference's Rookie of the Year Award.

Pens’ Take:
“He’s a very likable prospect. I like to characterize players as hockey players because they have skill. He plays with a lot of sandpaper. He’s physical and he’s not the biggest guy, but he’s got a knack for knowing how to drive people off the puck. You see the way Brenden Morrow drives through guys, that’s what Scott Wilson does. That’s when he’s playing his best, when he’s driving through guys.” –Tom Fitzgerald, assistant to the general manager

Wilson on how he has developed since being drafted:
“When I got drafted two years ago, physically I was really raw. I think I was 150 pounds and I came in like a little kid compared to everyone else. It’s really been a process the past couple of years, but I’ve been able to put on 25, 30 pounds.”
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