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Wilson Leaves BU, Signs with Nashville

CHN Staff Report

Fresh off winning the national championship, Boston University sophomore Colin Wilson has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL's Nashville Predators.

The move was widely expected. In fact, BU coach Jack Parker said having Wilson return for this past season was already a surprise, and helped give BU it's "best recruiting class ever."

Wilson scored twice in the NCAA semifinal against Vermont last Thursday. He was a Hobey Baker Award finalist, and Second Team All-CHN.

Wilson, who was the top college hockey player selected in last June's NHL Draft, is leaving Sunday to play for Team USA in the World Championships in Switzerland.

Wilson, 6-foot-1, led BU with 55 points this season, including 17 goals and 38 assists in 43 games.

BU teammate, and Hobey Baker Award winner, Matt Gilroy, is an unrestricted free agent and remains unsigned. Recent reports have a couple dozen teams chasing his services, with contract demands running near $3 million annually.

Wilson is already the 12th player to announce he was signing with a pro team with college eligibility remaining. Last season, there were 27 players jumping ship in the offseason.


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