Preds GM David Poile is hoping for a more "well-rounded" Wilson next season, the Tennessean reports. Wilson led the Preds in this year's postseason with 13 points in 14 games, but had what Poile called a "terrible" regular season with just 24 points in 64 games, a significant regression from his 42-point effort the season before. Starting this fall, fantasy owners will be hoping that Wilson's playoff success will start carrying over to the regular season. For his part, Poile seems optimistic. "Year older, year wiser, more mature. Hopefully [Wilson] relishes the success that we had and he had and he can put most of [his regular season struggles] behind him. I have a really good feeling that he's making that breakthrough. We'll all be there in September watching."
Wilson scored a goal and two assists in a triple-overtime win against San Jose on Thursday, 4-3. Nashville's line of Wilson, James Neal and Mike Fisher was easily the best line of the night, combining for seven points and accounting for all of Nashville's goals. Wilson is on a five-game points streak that goes back to the previous series, and now has two goals and three assists in his past five games. With the way he's been playing, expect Peter Laviolette to hike up his minutes in a big way.
Wilson lit the lamp, adding a plus-2 rating and four hits in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Sharks in Game 3. Wilson has surprisingly been a consistent threat for Nashville in the postseason, notching points in eight of 10 outings (four straight) for a total of three tallies and five apples. These playoffs have already proven to be the 26-year-old's most productive of his career (previous high of five points), and the 2008 No. 7 pick continues to be a bargain option at the rate he is producing.
Wilson opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in Wednesday's 2-1 Game 7 victory over the Ducks. Wilson corralled a bouncing puck in the Anaheim zone and backhanded it past goaltender Frederik Andersen for the crucial first goal. He has stepped his production rate up dramatically with five points in seven playoff games after totaling just 24 in 64 regular season contests, and the Predators will need continued secondary scoring from the 26-year-old if they hope to advance past the Sharks in Round 2.
Wilson lit the lamp and tacked on an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over Colorado. Wilson is miles off of last season's 42 points, and even though injuries have played a part in that, the 26-year-old was not expecting to drop down to 24 in 62 appearances. The 2008 first-round pick has just one goal and five helpers since the beginning of March, and remains limited in the bottom-six role.
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