2013-14: Led the team in games played (81)… Set career highs in assists (22), hits (49) and blocked shots (35), and tied a career high in penalty minutes (21)… Recorded his fifth overtime point (2g-3a) with an assist on Shea Weber’s goal on Jan. 31 vs. New Jersey, moving him into eight on the franchise’s all-time OT points list… Notched his second career four-point outing (2g-2a) on Nov. 6 at Colorado.
2012-13: Was leading the team in points (7g-12a-19pts, 25gp) when he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury on March 9 vs. Minnesota, causing him to miss the final 23 games of the season… Posted 18 points (6g-12a) in 18 games from Feb. 1 until the time of his injury. This included a career-long five-game point streak (2g-5a) from Feb. 12-19… Ranked third in the League (minimum five goals) and set a career high in shooting percentage (26.9)... Set a career high in average ice time (16:34)... Notched 13 points (6g-7a) in 12 home games, finishing second on the team in home points… Posted the first four-point (2g-2a) outing of his career on March 8 vs. Edmonton. His first point (assist) was the 100th of his career, making him the 11th Predators draft pick to reach the century mark in points for the club… Appeared in his 200th career game on Feb. 16 vs. Anaheim... Notched his first career three-assist performance on Feb. 5 at St. Louis.
2011-12: Set career highs in assists (20) and points (35)… Tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (5), and fourth on the club in power-play goals (5), both career highs… Set a career high in shots (114)… Notched his first career overtime goal on Dec. 6 at Columbus. PLAYOFFS: Dressed in Nashville’s final four games of the postseason, scoring his first career playoff goal in Game Five of the WCS vs. Phoenix.
2010-11: One of three players to suit up for all 82 of Nashville’s games… Tied for fifth on the team in goals (16), doubling his rookie output… Ranked fourth on the team in shooting percentage (15.8)… Played in his 100th career NHL game on March 3 at Vancouver. PLAYOFFS: Dressed for three of the club’s six WCS games vs. Vancouver.
2009-10: Started the season with Nashville (1g-1a-2pts, 10gp), then appeared in Nashville’s final 25 regular-season games after a Feb. 9 recall (7g-6a-13pts)… Scored his first career NHL goal on Oct. 21 at Boston and followed it up with his first career assist the following night at Ottawa… Became the fourth teenage player (19 years, 357 days) in franchise history upon making his NHL debut on Oct. 12 vs. Edmonton… Missed 11 NHL games due to injury… Named AHL Rookie of the Month for January after amassing 20 points (7g-13a) in 17 games during the month. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s playoff games, posting his first career playoff point/assist in Game Six.
AMATEUR: The 2009 USA Hockey College Player of the Year, and the Inside College Hockey 2009 Player of the Year … One of three Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” Finalists in 2008-09 after finishing second in the nation in both points (55) and assists (38)… Helped BU win the 2009 NCAA National Championship… Named to the 2009 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after posting five points (2g-3a) in four NCAA Tournament games… A 2009 First-Team East All-America selection and First-Team All-Hockey East… 2009 Hockey East Scoring Champion… Named Team USA’s Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 World Junior Championships after tying for eighth in the tournament in points (3g-6a-9pts, 6gp)… The lone college player on Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Switzerland… Became the fifth player in Boston University history to be named Hockey East Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 after posting 35 points (13g-22a) in 37 games… Tied for the goal-scoring lead at 2008 World Junior Championships and ranked second on Team USA in points… Played in both the 2006 and 2007 Under-18 World Championships, winning a gold medal in 2006 and tying for the tournament scoring lead (5g-7a), while leading Team USA to a silver medal, in 2007… Led the U.S. Under-18 National Team Development Program in assists (45) in 2006-07.
BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Willy”… On Twitter – @ColinWilson33… His dad, Carey, played 12 seasons in the NHL for Calgary, Hartford and N.Y. Rangers… His grandfather, Gerry, had a brief stint in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and later was the Winnipeg Jets team doctor. He is also known for pioneering the arrival of European hockey players in North America… Jaromir Jagr was his favorite player growing up, and St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk are his closest friends in the sport… Works closely with Kids on the Block's Anti-Bullying Campaign in Nashville… Favorites include Ellie Goulding, Steve Angello and Of Monsters and Men (musicians), BrickTop’s (Nashville restaurant) and My Week with Marilyn (movie)… Would consider a walrus his spirit animal and Twinkies his guilty pleasure… Has a Golden Retriever named Gatsby.
TRANSACTIONS: June 20, 2008 – Nashville's first choice, seventh overall (first round), in 2008 Entry Draft.