Nashville, Tenn. (April 17, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Colin Wilson
, the club’s first choice (seventh overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.
Wilson, 19 (10/20/89), helped Boston University win the NCAA National Championship during his sophomore season in 2008-09, and finished second in the nation in both points (55) and assists (38). The Greenwich, Conn., native was also one of three 2009 Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” Finalists, the award given to college hockey’s most outstanding player, in addition to being selected a First-Team East All-American. The 6-1, 213-pound center was co-Hockey East Scoring Champion, named First-Team All-Hockey East and was selected to the 2009 Frozen Four All-Tournament team in the Terriers run to the title.
On Wednesday, Wilson was selected to the United States’ entry at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland April 24-May 10. He has participated in the past two World Junior Championships, and was named Team USA’s Most Outstanding Player in 2009 after posting nine points (3g-6a) in six games. At the 2008 World Juniors, he tied for first in the tournament in goals with six tallies in as many contests.Boston University Head Coach Jack Parker
"Colin is a really smart player who sees the ice really well. He can really move the puck because he has what I refer to as Larry Bird court-sense. He knows where everybody is and can see plays develop in front of him. He knows where to go when he has the puck and when he doesn't have the puck. An asset that never seems to surprise me is that he always collects the pass near him, so that the puck stays with him. I think that's a great asset, and those things have proven to be very, very good for us."
– Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2008
"The major difference between last year and this year is growing up. He's more mature. There's not as much pressure on him as there was last year as far as the draft and all that stuff. I think he's much more comfortable here this year." – Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2008
"At times, he's been like a man playing with boys, and he showed that a lot tonight."
– InsideCollegeHockey.com, April 10, 2009 Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton
“I talk to him quite frequently. His maturity has come two-fold as far as the way he approaches each game, the way he perceives himself as a top-line player now in Hockey East. It's a maturity thing, it's a comfort level. Our vision is for him to be a top power forward at the NHL level. His intensity, his approach to the game, his professionalism in the way that he trains both on and off the ice are beyond his years. He's played a great role for them to be ranked No. 1 this year." – Boston Globe, March 13, 2009 Boston University’s leading goal scorer and linemate Jason Lawrence
“He brings the total package, he’s a heck of a hockey player. He’s right up there among the best I've played with. I’ve played with some talented guys like Phil Kessel, Nathan Gerbe, but Willy is right at the top of the list. He can play.” – InsideCollegeHockey.com, April 10, 2009 InsideCollegeHockey.com
“There isn't a more skilled player in the college game, but it's his steadiness that caught our eye – he was held scoreless in back-to-back games on just two occasions this season, and none since early December. His numbers are impressive, but those of his linemates attest to his productivity. Senior forward Jason Lawrence entered the year with 21 career goals; he's scored 25 skating alongside Wilson this season.”