The Colorado Avalanche spiced up the first day of free agency by acquiring forward Colin Wilson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2019 fourth-round pick.

Wilson, 27, scored 35 points (12 g, 23 a) in 70 games for the Preds last season. While he has not lived up to his draft pedigree (7th overall in 2008), Wilson should slide into the Avalanche top nine and be a solid, reliable contributor on a team that was in desperate need of depth. He scored a career-high 20 goals in 2014-15 and has registered 237 (95 g, 142 a)  points in 502 NHL games.

The former Boston University standout fits the mold of player the Avalanche have focused on so far this summer in that he’s still in his 20’s and is a swift-skater with good hands. He had fallen out of favor in Nashville as their more prominent prospects had passed him on the organization’s depth chart, paving the way for Nashville to find a new home for him.

For the Avalanche, he provides versatility with experience as both a center and wing, making him a de facto Mikhail Grigorenko replacement. Contract wise, Wilson is signed for two more years with an AAV of $3.9 million (exact number is 3,937,500), which was a main catalyst in Nashville looking to move him and not receive salary in exchange. Colorado, which entered the day with more than $20 million in cap space, can easily afford to take on Wilson’s reasonable salary.

On the fancy stat side of things, here’s a quick snapshot of Wilson:


AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later.

Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.

  • Colorado_Superchronics

    Colin Wilson was going to be bought out by Nashville. The avs just wasted a future pick on a kid that had no realistic chance of resigning with us after his contract is up. Joes needs to fucking go before he sinks this ship any further.

    • AJ Haefele

      Buyout window closed yesterday so they literally could not do that until next June.

  • Pixelrebirth

    I like this pick up. Cant wait to see him play, will reserve judgement till then.