Avalanche Final Grade 2012: Ryan Wilson

COLUMBUS OH - FEBRUARY 11: Ryan Wilson #44 of the Colorado Avalanche checks Derek Dorsett #15 of the Columbus Blue Jackets while chasing after the puck during the second period on February 11 2011 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)


Ryan Wilson

#44 / Defenseman / Colorado Avalanche

6-1

207

Feb 03, 1987


2011 Cap Hit: $1,275,000

2012 Status: RFA

Wilson was 10th in scoring on the team last season, folks. Granted, it was a pretty offensively anemic crowd, but he was still putting up points—enough points, in fact, to sit second behind Erik Johnson for the blueliners. Moreover, he did that in only 59 games. (For comparison's sake, recall that Johnson logged only five additional points while playing in 13 more games.) He also ranked second behind Gabriel Landeskog in that all-important stat of +/-. Honestly, on a team where the best defenseman was rocking a -17 and only two other roster players were on the plus end of the scale, it might actually say a bit of something about the guy.

A nice chunk of those missing games were due to being a healthy scratch. This one truly was a head scratcher for me as Shane O`Brien certainly deserved the press box more than Wilson on more than a few nights. Yet like O'Brien, Wilson was inconsistent. Sometimes we'd see a smart hockey player who saw the ice well, sent crisp outlet passes to his forwards, and hit guys like a Mack Truck with perfect timing and precision. Other times, we'd see an AHLer out there who tried hard at everything but just couldn't make it click. You could tell which Wilson was playing after just a couple of shifts.

With guys like Cameron Gaunce and Duncan Siemens waiting to bust out on the Avalanche scene, it's easy to see why Wilson's job might be in jeopardy. Unless the Avs pick up a top-two defenseman, though (which I don't think they'll do), Mack Truck can still serve the team well as a 5th-7th d-man who can pull duty as a 4th guy in a pinch. At least right now. I think we saw some growing pains out of Wilson this past season. His game is developing but concussions still haunt him. If he can find a way to overcome the fears of a noggin crush (which, granted, can't be easy), then I think we could see something special happen with Wilson in 2012-2013. Whether that will be with the Avs or some other team remains to be seen.

2012 Outlook: SeeSixWhores has already determined that Wilson is a goner. I'm not so sure. In fact, I expect to see him return at a similar cap hit as last season. If the Avs don't keep him, I guarantee you some other team will swoop him up just in time for him to hit his stride professionally. Huge mistake to let him go, IMO.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2011 - Ryan Wilson 59 1 20 21 11 33 0 0 0 63


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mile High Hockey

You must be a member of Mile High Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Hockey. You should read them.

Join Mile High Hockey

You must be a member of Mile High Hockey to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Hockey. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker