Moments after the 12 o’clock p.m. free agent frenzy, a trade between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche took place involved forward Colin Wilson. The Predators traded Wilson to the Avs in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Nashville has traded Colin Wilson to Colorado to a 4th-round pick in 2019. No salary retained.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2017
Colin Wilson Traded to the Colorado Avalanche
Wilson was selected seventh overall by the Predators in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has remained in Nashville for all eight seasons. However, his ninth season will be spent in Colorado wearing an Avalanche sweater. In is rookie season (2009-10), Wilson skated in 35 games, tallying 15 points (eight goals, seven assists). Since then, he has found himself in a solid position in the Nashville lineup, usually holding down a bottom six presence.
In eight seasons with the Preds, Wilson has skated in a total of 502 games, scoring 95 goals and adding 142 assists for a total of 237 points. He hit the 20 goal level during the 2014-15 season. He has also hit 30-plus points five times, and has notched 40-plus points in a season once. Wilson has seen time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well. In 47 postseason games, Wilson has scored 13 times and has tallied 11 assists as well. This includes the impressive run the Predators took to the Stanley Cup Final this past season, where he played in 14 games, scoring four points (two goals, two assists).
There was no salary retained in the deal. Wilson still has two years remaining on his current contract deal, with a $3.97 million cap hit. The move is a solid cap dump by the Predators, for they just signed Nick Bonino to a four year deal with a $4.1 million cap hit.
Confirming Nick Bonino is going to Nashville. 4/5 year term.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2017
During the 2016-17 season, Wilson played in 70 games and scored 12 goals as well as added 23 assists. He will fit in nicely to the Avalanche lineup, who currently has eleven forwards. Expect Wilson to fill in as a bottom six winger.