The Thrashers have called up defenseman Clay Wilson, and he could turn into an interesting story. Wilson came to the organization along with a sixth-round draft pick in the trade that sent Jason Williams to Columbus. At the time, the Thrashers viewed him as a “depth defenseman,” a guy who could fill a need for the Chicago Wolves.
But Wilson might be more than that. He had 24 points (5 goals, 19 assists) in 35 games with the Wolves. When you add in the 8 goals and 20 points in 33 games he had with the Syracuse Crunch, Wilson is tied for third among AHL defensemen in goals and tied for seventh among AHL
defensemen in points.
If Wilson has what it takes to help the Thrashers, that would be quite a pickup. Remember, Williams’ spot was filled by Rich Peverley, a move that worked out fantastic for Atlanta. If jettisoning Williams ends up bringing another player, that’s a bonus.