This is Murray Wilson. Doug Wilson’s brother. He was a fine junior and a first round draft pick in 1971. He played for the Ottawa 67′s in the late 60s/early 70s and the list of his teammates is just silly good: Denis Potvin, Wayne Merrick, Michel Larocque, Bill Clement, Terry Murray, Blake Dunlop. That is an impressive list and it’s interesting to note that several of these guys have found a way to stay in the game, either as a broadcaster or in Terry Murray’s case as a coach.
Wilson scored 79 goals in his 4 junior seasons but found himself up against people like Steve Shutt (144 goals in 3 junior seasons), Yvon Lambert (50 goals in 1 major junior season) and Chuck Lefley (44 goals in 2 junior seasons) for the major league LW spots in Montreal (the team that drafted him). Wilson found a way to stay in the lineup (he was fast and could check, and he was certainly big and tough enough) but most people who remember him will talk about the fact that he never did put it all together as cover the 1st round bet.
Hindsight suggests that Wilson’s junior offense was never really on par with the other blue chip prospects in his draft season. He wasn’t in the same league as Guy Lafleur or Marcel Dionne or even Rick Martin.
Wilson scored 26 goals in 44 games during his draft season (70-71) but Rick Kehoe (who was drafted 11 spots after Wilson) scored 39 goals in 58 games.
His NHL career was cut short early in the 77-78 season. He suffered an injury that required spinal surgery to repair and spent the remainder of the season recovering from the operation. The Habs traded him the following year (fricking Pollock, the guy played every damn angle) but he had some family issues (daughter’s health) and called it a career a year after being dealt to the left coast. Last I heard he was doing Montreal TV broadcasts.
He was always a favourite of mine, played the game with abandon.
Ottawa has a rich hockey history but this season’s Senators aren’t going to add to the legacy. I don’t think next year’s team will look much better but we’ll have to wait and see. The Sens have Alfredsson, Heatley, Spezza and some kids but this team has a lot of kids trying to establish themselves. By the time they’re any good Daniel Alfredsson will probably be back in Europe.
As for the Oilers, well they have some fresh troops and they need to win a couple on this road trip. The obvious choice for easy win is tonight.