Looking Ahead to 2010-11 – Part II

Jeff Angus


Colin Wilson

The trade deadline has come and gone in the NHL and the same holds true for most fantasy hockey leagues. For those of you in contention for first place, more time is now spent focusing on which categories you need to improve during the final few weeks, and if there are any players available on the waiver wire that can help you in that regard. For those of you who have no shot at winning this year, now is the time to focus on next season (provided you are in a keeper league, of course). Once trading opens back up in the summer, the build for the future will continue. Trading for unproven prospects and young players is always a risk, but there are ways to mitigate that. (Reading DobberHockey is a great start!) There are several young players who are ready to step in and produce next season in the NHL, and you may be able to get a few of them below value this summer.



Colin Wilson

Wilson's 2009-10 season started off miserably, as he suffered a groin injury in training camp and it took him over two months to completely recover from the injury. The Predators implemented a much more vigorous training program at camp this past September, and about five or six other players in the organization sustained similar injuries to Wilson (none missed as much time, though). They wanted to test player durability, but ended up causing unnecessary damage. After receiving a plasma injection into his groin (I don't even want to begin to understand what that is or how it feels), Wilson got back to playing hockey. It took him a little while to get his legs under him with Milwaukee, but he eventually played well enough to earn a promotion to Nashville in early February.


With Milwaukee this season, Wilson has scored 13 goals and recorded 21 assists in 40 games. His goal total is far from impressive, but he has only fired 66 shots on goal, or only about one and a half per game. However, as mentioned earlier, Wilson was able to improve his play enough with the Admirals to get called up. 10 of his 13 goals were scored after January 1st, and he had nine points in his final seven games with Milwaukee.


With the Predators, he has shifted to right wing on a line with Jason Arnott and Martin Erat. Wilson projects as a center because of his skating ability and strong two-way play, but sometimes young centers have more room and more opportunity to do things offensively when they get some time at the wing early on. Vancouver did this with Ryan Kesler a bit, both early in his career and last season after the signing of Mats Sundin. With the Predators, Wilson has seven goals in only 27 games (and four in his last 10 contests). He is shooting the puck a b