So here are stat lines over the last three seasons for two players:
07-08: 63 games, 11g, 7a, 100 PIM
08-09: 72 games, 4g, 12a, 124 PIM
09-10: 51 games, 6g, 10a, 40 PIM
Total: 186 games, 21g, 29a, 264 PIM
07-08: 66 games, 8g, 11a, 179 PIM
08-09: 80 games, 15g. 17a, 160 PIM
09-10: 52 games, 18g, 22a, 231 PIM
Totals: 198 games, 41g, 50a, 570 PIM
One of them has played almost 300 games in the NHL.
One of them has played zero games in the NHL.
Player A is Jordin Tootoo.
Player B is Kelsey Wilson.
Of course, some of the difference in statistics is that Tootoo has been playing against the best hockey players in the world in the NHL, and Kelsey has been playing in Milwaukee and Europe. But one could argue that the role of the two players is very similar.
The Predators are the ones that invited him back, so obviously they see value in him as a player.
For discussion: What does Kelsey Wilson need to show us this year to have a realistic shot at cracking the Predators roster at some point?
(photo credit: Scott Paulus)