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The Nashville Predators Top 15 All-Time Draft Picks: Part 5

Friday, 06.28.2013 / 1:30 PM CT / Features
By Jimi Russell  - Nashville Predators
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The Nashville Predators Top 15 All-Time Draft Picks: Part 5

In conjunction with the Nashville Predators 15th Anniversary celebration and the 2013 NHL Entry Draft this coming weekend in Newark, N.J., each day we take a look back at the Top 15 draftees throughout the club’s history.

The Top 15 draftees will be in chronological order.

Colin Wilson, LW
No. 7, 2008
Boston University (Hockey East)

The Predators used their first pick in the 2008 Entry Draft to take forward Colin Wilson. Wilson was just weeks removed from his first season at Boston University, where he was named New England's college hockey Rookie of the Year, as well as Hockey East Rookie of the Year. Following the draft, Wilson returned to BU and led the Terriers to the 2009 NCAA National Championship. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player.

Following his sophomore season at BU, Wilson joined the Preds to begin the 2009-10 season, making his NHL debut with the Predators on Oct. 12, 2009.

On July 24, 2012, Wilson signed a three-year, $6 million contract with Nashville. He would immediately begin to earn that new contract when the 2012-13 season began, as he led the team in points (7g-12a-19pts, 25gp) prior to sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury on March 9, causing him to miss the final 23 games of the lockout-shortened season. While the injury limited Wilson’s output during the 2012-13 season, his breakout performance proved that he is dynamic offensive threat the Predators can rely on for years to come.

Roman Josi, D
No. 38, 2008
Bern (Swiss)

The Swiss defenseman was Nashville’s third pick in the 2008 Entry Draft, after being just one of just four 17-year-olds to play in Switzerland’s top division in 2007-08. During the 2007-08 season, Josi ranked fifth among Swiss League junior players (under-20) in points (8) and assists (6). He also represented his country at both the World Junior Championships and the Under-18 World Championships. He would return to Switzerland following the draft and eventually help SC Bern win both the Swiss League regular season and playoff titles in 2009-10.

Josi made the transition to North American prior to the 2010-11 season, and started to emerge as a top defensive talent during the 2011-12 season when he split time between Milwaukee and Nashville.

Josi saw a significant increase in playing time and workload during the 2012-13 season. He led the team in ice time on nine occasions, and saw his average ice time go up by more than five minutes from his rookie campaign (from 18:23 to 23:31). Josi finished sixth on the team in points (5g-13a-18pts), including the first four-point outing (2g-2a) of his career on Feb. 25 on national TV against Dallas. His performance was the fifth time in franchise history a defenseman has posted four or more points in a game, and his second-career multi-point effort.

After the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the Bern, Switzerland native joined his home country for the 2013 World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland. Josi led all tournament defensemen in goals (4) and points (9) while helping Switzerland to a silver medal, the nation’s first medal in 60 years. Josi was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Best Defenseman and a tournament All-Star, becoming the first Swiss player to earn those honors.

On June 10, 2013, Josi signed a seven-year, $28 million contract with the Predators.

Gabriel Bourque, LW
No. 132, 2009
Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)

For the first time in four years, the Predators looked to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for two picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, including forward Gabriel Bourque. Bourque had just completed his second season with Baie-Comeau, where he was captain and better than a point-per-game player (22g-39a-61pts, 60gp) for the Drakkar. Following the draft, Bourque returned to the QMJHL and eventually helped Moncton win the 2010 President’s Trophy as QMJHL Champions and advance to the 2010 Memorial Cup. Bourque, who was traded to Moncton midway through the 2009-10 season, was awarded the 2010 Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoffs MVP after posting 19 goals and ranking third in points (29) in 21 games during the postseason.

Bourque joined the Milwaukee Admirals in the 2010-11 season, and started the 2011-12 season there before being recalled to Nashville on Dec. 27 for the remainder of the season. Bourque opened the Western Conference Quarterfinals by tallying two goals, including the game winner, becoming the third player in the last 14 playoff years to attain the feat. He finished the 2012 postseason tied for the team lead in goals (3), and third in points (5). Bourque also tied for third among rookie forwards in goals, and sixth in points.

In 2012-13, Bourque posted 16 points (11g-5a) in 34 games, including seven goals and 10 points in the month of March, but missed the final 12 games of the shortened season due to injury.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Weber 7 2 3 -2 5
C. Wilson 7 2 3 2 5
J. Neal 7 2 1 0 3
R. Johansen 7 1 2 1 3
F. Forsberg 7 1 2 -2 3
R. Josi 7 0 3 -1 3
M. Ekholm 7 2 0 1 2
C. Smith 5 1 1 3 2
R. Ellis 7 0 2 1 2
M. Salomaki 7 1 0 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 4 3 0 .915 2.45