Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Before last season, Colin Wilson had seen a lot of time in Barry Trotz’s doghouse. There were repeated questions about his effort level and about his commitment. Wilson was benched on more than one occasion and demoted to the team’s bottom lines. At some point before the beginning of the season, however, Colin Wilson appeared to buy in to whatever the Predators coaching staff was preaching. Wilson was putting good shots on net, he was very blatantly playing hard for the puck and he started to tally points down the line. Colin Wilson started to showcase a skill set and a scoring touch that he had not shown before. In just 25 games, Wilson scored 19 points (7G – 12A). On March 8, during the first of back-to-back home games, Wilson played the game of his life. With Nashville clawing to stay in playoff contention, Wilson unleashed a career best 4 points (2G – 2A), leading Nashville to a 6-0 win over Edmonton. After that win, Nashville had seemingly turned a corner with Wilson leading the charge. Had Nashville finally developed into a playoff team? Perhaps. However, on the following night at Minnesota, Wilson fell awkwardly on his right shoulder. Almost immediately, it was obvious that something was very, very wrong…and it was. Just 25 games into the best season of his career, Wilson was done. In fact, his injury was severe enough to necessitate surgery on both of his shoulders. It wasn’t just a dagger to Wilson’s breakout season, though. It also crushed the Predators. Following Wilson’s injury, Nashville – a team that had been barely clinging to contention – plummeted. Nashville would win just six of the team’s remaining 23 contests after Wilson’s injury and just a single game of the team’s last 11 road games. Was Colin Wilson’s injury the reason for Nashville’s underperformance last season? Absolutely not. Nashville had scoring issues before Wilson went down. In fact, at many points in the season Wilson and Gabriel Bourque were the only players on Nashville’s team that seemed capable of creating a scoring play. Will post-surgery, post-injury Colin Wilson be the same player that he was pre-surgery and pre-injury? Will he continue the upward climb that he started last year? Those are the big questions. For a change, Wilson at least he will not have to face questions about his commitment and his level of effort. If a healthy, healed Colin Wilson continues the same career progression, he could become the offensive cog that Nashville has been lacking – Reggie Jackson’s proverbial “straw that stirs the drink”. Nashville lost a consistent 50-point producer in Martin Erat last season, but Wilson could become the player who carries that mantle this year. On the other hand, it does say a little bit about Nashville’s offensive expectations when the team’s biggest threat is expected to produce 50 points. Highlights In his four-point night against the Oilers, Wilson scored this gorgeous, video game-esque goal. – Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua The post Could a healthy Colin Wilson be the straw that stirs the drink? appeared first on The Predatorial.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Steven Adams makes a monster dunk on Draymond Green

WATCH: Noah Syndergaard tossed after throwing behind Chase Utley

White Sox in talks to acquire Shields from Padres

Dejean-Jones shot after breaking into apartment

Dodgers send top prospect back to minors after one game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

DeRozan: ‘My mindset has always been Toronto’

Will soccer superstar Lionel Messi have to miss the Copa America?

Did you know Peyton Manning was "pretty close" to QBing for Titans?

WATCH: Kevin Love gives this reporter no love in press conference

OPINION: Three reasons the Penguins are a lock to win the Stanley Cup

Former NFL rusher Ricky Williams to open weed friendly gym

Baylor QB Russell's Instagram post about program on return from mission trip

Titans' Walker not friends with rookies until they make team

Lue had vulgar reaction to Blatt firing, urged team to reconsider

Would trading Okafor or Noel make sense for the 76ers?

Why Zlatan Ibrahimovic belongs at Manchester United

Winston lost 18 pounds to deter sophomore slump

Michigan spring break trip to Florida cost nearly $350,000

Warriors' Curry could careless about Westbrook's opinions

Christian Hackenberg: A Jet in repair

Cowboys cool on trading running backs, especially Ezekiel Elliott

Have we seen enough of Giants backup catcher Trevor Brown?

Vlasic donates $2,500 to Backes’ charity

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How expanded instant replay has hurt the NBA

Best regular-season NBA teams not to win a championship

Every time an NBA team came back from a 3-1 deficit (and what it means for the Warriors)

How disallowed goals can change the course of NHL games

The five most disappointing MLB teams this season

QUIZ: Identify these NHL Hall of Famers by their nicknames

QUIZ: Name every winner of the Belmont Stakes since 1867

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker