Report: Maple Leafs to sign UFA Garrett Wilson

Pension Plan Puppets

This is the only report on this signing so far, but it is the weekend and everyone else is sipping margaritas.

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a traditional, veteran grinder fourth line last year that featured Matt Cullen, now retired, in his swan song, and usually featured Garrett Wilson. The photo up above shows Wilson celebrating one of his two goals on the season in 50 games. He also appeared in 18 AHL games after spending the previous two seasons entirely in the AHL.

Wilson, a multi-positional winger who shoots left, is listed at 6’2” and 198 lb. He is 28, and he was drafted originally by the Florida Panthers. After a successful OHL career, where he scored 40 goals in his final season with the Owen Sound Attack at age 20, he began his pro hockey career bouncing up and down from the AHL to the ECHL. Wilson is that rarest of players: someone who played meaningful time in the ECHL on an NHL contract and eventually got in some NHL games.

#hockey, #professional

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