Scott Wilson

Mark Allan

2017-06-05

 

Scott Wilson, LW/C/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 183

Born: 1992-04-24

Hometown: Oakville, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2011 by Pittsburgh, 209th Overall

 

 

Observations:

June 2017 – If not invaluable to the Penguins, Wilson has become a valuable asset that coach Mike Sullivan can deploy at all three forward positions, mostly on the fourth line. In the playoffs, which he missed a year ago due to injury, Mr. Versatility has split time between playing with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel as well as the fourth line with Matt Cullen and Carter Rowney. After spending most of his time in his first two seasons in the AHL, the seventh-round pick graduated to the big league full time, averaging 10:56 while recording eight goals and 18 assists in a 78-game regular season. His icetime and production ticked up slightly in the post-season (he dished out 10 hits in Game Two of the Eastern final). Never count on the 5-11, 183-pounder for big points, but never count him out lightly. Mark Allan

February 2017 – The good news for the versatile Wilson, who plays all three forward positions, is that he's spent the entire season in the NHL so far and, with 15 points in 49 games, has more than doubled his previous big-league season output. The bad news is that he's spent most of his time on the fourth line. Most recently, he bounced up to the third line with slumping Patric Hornqvist and recent AHL callup Carter Rowney, but that was because Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary and Carl Hagelin are hurt. Projecting Wilson's career path depends whether you forecast him as a bottom-six guy with the deep Penguins or speculate on a higher placement with another team. Mark Allan  

November 2016 – With Sidney Crosby back, Wilson split time with Nick Bonino and Bryan Rust as well as with Crosby and Patrik Hornqvist, although Wilson went pointless in 15:11 of icetime. Coach Mike Sullivan seems to like Wilson's offensive ability, but the coach is rolling four lines and juggling them. Wilson has only two Gs and two As in 10 games but he's part of a winning formula. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Instead of playing on Evgeni Malkin's right side, Wilson is operating with Matt Cullen and Patrik Hornqvist as coach Mike Sullivan juggles in the absence of injured forwards Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary. Wilson has one goal in five games. Mark Allan

October 2016 – Head coach Mike Sullivan is musing aloud about playing Wilson on Evgeni Malkin's right wing, especially since Malkin's playoff RW (Bryan Rust) is still unable to practise with teammates due to injury. Mark Allan

September 2016 – Rebounding from a season-ending broken ankle, the sniping left winger is impressing head coach Mike Sullivan at Pittsburgh's training camp. He scored the game's only goal in a pre-season encounter with the Blackhawks. Against the Red Wings, Wilson topped all Pittsburgh forwards with 20:36 minutes of ice time, including four hits. Sullivan praised him for a quick release and nose for the net. Wilson has a big challenge to beat out some of the Penguins' many skilled forwards, but he began to open eyes last season when he potted four goals in a five-game stretch. If he doesn't make Pittsburgh's roster out of camp, he'll be one of the first callups from the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, for whom he totaled more than a point per game last season. Mark Allan

June 2016 – After signing a two-year extension with Pittsburgh, Wilson suffered a season-ending ankle injury that sidelined him from the Penguins' triumphant Stanley Cup run. Bummer. He's part of a youth movement that was a key ingredient in Pittsbur