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Wilson Returning to BU

CHN Staff Report

Boston University forward Colin Wilson seemed to have a foot and a half out the door after being selected No. 7 overall by Nashville in last month's NHL Draft, but the sophomore-to-be has decided to return to school this coming season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound seemed prepared to leave Boston University unless, he said, he didn't seem to fit into Nashville's plans this year. But according to Nashville general manager David Poile, the choice was Wilson's.

"I think the most important thing is that he made the decision," Poile told The Tennessean. "He decided where he'd be most comfortable and we were totally on board for that.

"We've said all along that hopefully he'd be one of the better players at BU, one of the better players in college and play for the U.S. at the World Juniors this year. So I see this as another real stepping stone for him."

Wilson was Hockey East rookie of the year after scoring 12 goals and 35 points in 37 games. He had six goals in six games for Team USA at the World Junior tournament last winter.

"We talked with him about the pros and cons (of turning pro) while he was here in conditioning camp," Poile told the paper. "We didn't really think there was a bad decision to be made. We think his development would be good whether it was as a pro or in college."

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