In the trade that brought Anders Lindback, goal tender, along with a 7th round draft pick to Tampa Bay, fans may have overlooked a 6 foot forward from Oakville, Ontario. Kyle Wilson had an outstanding college career with the Colgate Raiders of the ECAC. Playing 139 games, he racked up 46 goals, 55 assists, and only 72 penalty minutes. Following his sophomore year, he was chosen in the 9th round–272 overall by the Minnesota Wild.
The Minnesota Wild elected not to give Kyle Wilson a contract after his college career concluded in 2006. Kyle would go on to sign an AHL tryout contract with the San Antonio Rampage. However the center would only play 7 games with the Rampage before being cut. The Washington Capitals worked out a NHL contract deal with Wilson that sent him to their ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. Wilson would only play in 5 games where he collected 5 points before getting called up to the AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Wilson would go on to finish out the season with 54 games played and notching 54 points in his 1st year with the Hershey Bears.
Kyle would go on to play 293 games with the Washington organization. Two of those games would be played with the Washington Capitals where he made his NHL debut during the 2009-2010 season. Wilson would put up a whopping 228 points over his 4 year stint in the Washington organization. After the Capitals decided against re-signing the physics major, the Raider alumni signed with a one year two way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets where he would spilt time in between Springfield and Columbus putting up 14 points. Again after not getting a contract with the Blue Jackets for the 2011-2012 season, the 26 year old would sign with the Nashville Predators and would dress only 5 times in a Predator uniform going pointless in the 5 games. The rest of the season would be spent with the Milwaukee Admirals in the AHL where he put up 54 points in 68 games.
Kyle Wilson may remind Tampa Fans of current Lightning Prospect Trevor Smith. Both are solid forwards who can excel at the AHL level but have trouble finding their game at the NHL level. Both Smith and Wilson have excellent speed and vision on the ice, but lack in the physical aspect of the game. Both have a dangerous shot from anywhere on the ice. Kyle Wilson brings depth to the Lightning organization and that is one of the major things Steve Yzerman wants. With the addition of Kyle Wilson, the depth chart got a little deeper for Tampa Bay.