The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that former UMass Lowell star Scott Wilson has been signed to a two-year contract extension.
Wilson, who hails from Oakville, Ontario, patrolled the wing for the River Hawks for three seasons (2011-2012 to 2013-2014). During which time, he accumulated 32 goals and 56 assists totaling 88 points in 109 career collegiate games.
While Wilson was at UMass Lowell, he played an integral role in two consecutive Hockey East playoff championships (2013, 2014) and one trip to the NCAA’s Frozen Four tournament (2013).
Wilson was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team for the 2011-2012 season and followed that with being named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team in 2013.
Wilson was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, 209th overall).
He left school after his junior year (2014) and signed with the Penguins. He finished the season with Pittsburgh’s American Hockey League affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, seeing action in one game.
The next season, 2014-2015, Wilson played in 55 AHL games, registering 19 goals and 22 assists for a total of 41 points. He was also recalled to Pittsburgh that season appearing in his first, and only, NHL game on December 2nd versus the New Jersey Devils.
This season, Wilson played in 34 contests with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton registering 36 points on 22 goals and 14 assists. He was recalled to Pittsburgh, where he has seen action in 24 games, contributing five goals and one assist for six points. With his help, the Penguins are currently sitting in the first wild card (7th overall) playoff spot in the NHL’s Eastern Conference.
Wilson’s new contract will begin with the 2016-2017 season and is worth a total of $1,250,000 and an annual average of $625,000 against the salary cap.
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Reprinted with permission of the Lowell Sun.