Nashville, Tenn. (July 27, 2015) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed restricted free agent Colin Wilson to a four-year, $15.75 million contract. Wilson will be paid $3.75 million in 2015-16, then $4 million in 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 for an average annual value of $3.9375 million.
Wilson, 25 (10/20/89), set career highs in goals (20) and points (42), while tying a personal best in assists (22) in 2014-15. The Greenwich, Conn., native also led the team and set a career high in plus/minus rating (+19), and tied a career high and ranked third on the Predators in game-winning goals (5). During the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 6-1, 216-pounder set franchise records for goals (5) and power-play goals (4) in a playoff series during the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Chicago. In 368 career NHL contests since 2009-10, Wilson has 178 points (77g-101a).
Nashville's first choice, seventh overall (first round), in 2008 Entry Draft, Wilson won an NCAA title in 2008-09 with Boston University (Hockey East) – his final season before turning professional, earning 2009 USA Hockey College Player of the Year, Inside College Hockey Player of the Year and being named one of three Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” Finalists in the process. He has represented the United States on the international level five times, being named Team USA’s Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 World Junior Championship, tying for the goal-scoring lead at 2008 World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal at the 2006 Under-18 World Championship while tying for the tournament scoring lead (5g-7a), and earning a silver medal at the 2007 Under-18s.