On Monday the Buffalo Sabres announced that the team has acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a 2019 fifth round pick.
We have a trade. #Sabres acquire Scott Wilson from DET in exchange for a 5th round pick.
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) December 4, 2017
“We are very happy to add Scott to our roster,” Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. “Scott is a hard-working, young player that will be a great fit for our club. As a two-time Stanley Cup Champion, his experience will be an asset both on and off the ice.”
Wilson, 25, spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins but was traded to the Red Wings earlier this season. In 123 games Wilson has scored 13 goals and tallied 19 assists (32 points). Three goals and three assists came in the 2016-2017 Penguins Stanley Cup run, where Wilson appeared in 20 playoff games.
Wilson is a player Jason Botterill is all too familiar with. Wilson was drafted in seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft by Botterill and the Penguins. He spent several years going back and forth from the AHL to the NHL.
This isn't a trade to fix this roster, it's a move to try and fill out the lineup with a player who has won and is willing to compete for a job.
There's a reason Wilson appeared in 20 games with the Penguins during their most recent Stanley Cup run. If he's good enough for the Penguins in the playoffs, he's worth a look for the worst team in the NHL, plain and simple. If it doesn't work out it only cost the Sabres a fifth-round pick.
The #Sabres sum-up today is:
OUT: Criscuolo, Moulson
IN: Rodrigues, Scott Wilson
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) December 4, 2017