By recording 35 points in 70 games for the Predators in 2016-17, Colin Wilson rebounded nicely from his disappointing 24 points from the season before. In the end, however, the Preds finally grew tired of waiting for Wilson to break out offensively, so they decided to ship him to the Avalanche in July in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. The Avs are not particularly deep on the wing outside of Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, so there could be an opportunity for Wilson to land a top-six role if things go well. However, his track record suggests it's likelier that he'll find himself back in a checking-line role with some secondary power-play minutes thrown in. There's some fantasy value in that, but mostly in deep formats.
Wilson was acquired by the Avalanche from the Predators on Saturday in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick. Wilson was likely looking at a reduced role this upcoming season as Nashville was facing a potential logjam of talented forwards -- especially after adding Scott Hartnell and Nick Bonino. Instead, the 27-year-old Wilson will probably see his ice time tick back up near his 2014-15 minutes (16:13), rather than what he saw this past year (14:57). If the winger can secure a spot on the Avs' power play, he should continue offering solid mid-range fantasy value.
A hamstring injury caused Wilson to miss the first four games of the Stanley Cup Finals, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports. The power winger was able to play in the final two games of the series, but he appeared to be bogged down by the ailment, with two hits counting as his lone box-score markings. Wilson has two years remaining on his contract with the Predators, and he'll collect $3.93 million annually before having the chance to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.
Wilson (undisclosed) is going through warmups and will play Thursday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Thursday marks Wilson's Cup debut after he was a scratch for the first four games of the series. He'll slide in alongside Frederick Gaudreau and Harry Zolnierczyk as the Predators look to steal a win on the road. Wilson tallied two points and two blocked shots in the Western Conference finals against the Ducks.
Wilson (undisclosed) figures to be in the lineup for Game 5 against the Penguins on Thursday, per Adam Vingan of The Tennessean. This time of year, coaches are hesitant to announce any changes to the lineup prior to a game, and coach Peter Laviolette is no different. While he wouldn't confirm Wilson was ready to play, the exclusion of P.A. Parenteau -- as reported by Tom Gulitti of NHL.com -- combined with Wilson's practice attendance says what the coach won't. Expect the 27-year-old winger to slot in on the Preds' fourth line alongside Frederick Gaudreau and Harry Zolnierczyk.
Wilson (undisclosed) practiced in full Wednesday, which gives him a chance of playing in Thursday's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Penguins, NHL.com reports. Wilson, who has yet to play in these finals, appears to be rounding out his recovery. The power forward is a power-play contributor who's notched 13 goals in 45 career playoff games, so there's the potential for Wilson to make a true difference for the Predators if he can put the injury in the rear-view mirror. Still, coach Peter Laviolette generally keeps his lineup decisions close to the vest, so Wilson's official status may not be determined until warmups.
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