Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hey, Mr. Wilson!

Much of the attention about and expectations for BU's incoming freshman class has been focused on d-men Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen due to their respective first and second round draft selections by the Colorado Avalanche in June. Expectations will be equally high for freshman left-shot center Colin Wilson, based on both his NTDP career and opinions from the scouting community. International Scouting Services has ranked him as the sixth best NHL prospect for the next draft. TSN Canada's pre-season survey of ten NHL scouts also ranks Wilson sixth in the 2008 draft class and second among forwards--despite being omitted on two ballots.

Wilson, who reportedly has impressed his new teammates in the weight room as well as on ice, is still growing as the official BU roster lists him at 6-1, 215. He was born in Connecticiut while his father Cary, a former Dartmouth star and Canadian Olympian, played for the New York Rangers, but was raised in Winnipeg. There, a dominating performance in Canadian AAA midget competition (51-50-101 in 36 games) earned him a spot on the US NTDP U 17 team. USA Coach John Hynes brought him up from the U17s to play for the U18s in the 2006 World Championships, which Team USA won. Last season, he was the U18s second leading scorer (stat sheet doesn't include World U18s) with 30-44-74. At the 2007 World's, he was player of the game (video) in gold medal game loss to Russia and co-leading scorer in the tournament.

The Wilson File
Center Shoots: Left Ht: 6'1 Wt: 215 Greenwich, CT Born: 10-2-89

  • Year.......Team ........GP.G.A.Pts.PM
    2004-05 Winnipeg AAA 36 51-50-101
    2005-06 NTDP U-17 ....49 19-18-37 12
    2005-06 NTDP U-18 ....16 2-4-6 8
    2006-07 NTDP U-18 ....56 30-44-74 53

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