NEW YORK (Dec. 29, 2014) – Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau, Nashville Predators center Colin Wilson and Arizona Coyotes center Sam Gagner have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 28.
Wilson tied for second in the NHL with (4g-1a and five points), scoring in all three games to lead the Predators (23-9-2, 48 points) to four of a possible six standings points. He collected (1g-1a and two points), his third multi-point performance of the season, in a 5-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 22. Wilson then found the back of the net in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Dec. 23. He capped the week by recording 2 scores, his seventh career multi-goal game and first since April 4, in a 4-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers Dec. 27. The 25-year-old Greenwich, Conn., native is riding a three-game goal streak for the first time in his NHL career. The seventh overall selection by the Predators in the 2008 NHL Draft, Wilson has 10g, 8a and 18 points in 32 contests this season.
“He’s such a strong player one-on-one; he hangs onto the puck, he has great vision, and his stretch on the puck is amazing,” Nashville Head Coach Peter Laviolette said of Wilson following Saturday's 4-1 Preds win. “He’s really done a nice job at controlling play in the offensive zone."
The aforementioned feat of three goals in three-consecutive games for Wilson is not only a personal best, but another indicator of possibily the forward's best season yet.
“Laviolette has emphasized pucks at the net and that kind of struck home with me this year,” Wilson said this weekend. “That is what I need to do to play well. Last year, I was [holding] up and trying to make good plays as opposed to just getting it to the net. I think the way we play, and that I’ve changed my game a little bit this year, has allowed me to play better.”
To read more about Wilson's two-goal performance on Saturday, click here.