Kyle Wilson signs with the Columbus Blue Jackets

As the next casualty of free agency, Hershey Bears center Kyle Wilson signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets early this afternoon (along with a cadre of other Bears stalwarts).  Good for him, but painful for Bears fans.  I’m not sure Wilson would have ever been able to crack Washington’s line-up with all the talent both in DC and in Hershey, but this move gives him an opportunity to play in the NHL.  His soft hands and physical play was bound to recognized.

Wilson has been an integral part of the Bears’ lineup these past few years – perhaps making his biggest impact 3 years ago when he was called up from South Carolina to fill in for the injury-plagued Bears.  Wilson caught fire, and was never returned to the Stingrays.  The 6 foot 200 lb center finished the 2009-2010 season with 24 goals and 29 assists for 53 points.  Hershey will absolutely miss Wilson.  He’s been known to put the team on his back and make things happen when needed (which he especially showcased during the playoffs).