Colin Careys on family tradition

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Carey Wilson remembers the day he was drafted into the NHL.

It was nothing like tonight will be for his son, Colin, who is expected to be one of the top picks at Scotiabank Place.

"I was at home playing soccer or something. Someone came out, I think my mom, and said, 'The phone's for you.' It was Bob Pulford saying Chicago had drafted me," recalled Carey, who was dealt to the Calgary Flames before ever playing for the Blackhawks.

Wilson's response?

"Thank-you, bye, and went back to my soccer game."

For Colin, who arrived in the nation's capital from his hometown of Winnipeg an hour before the top prospects luncheon took place yesterday, things are much different.

"He didn't even get a jersey sent to him. I think he got a jacket," said the 18-year-old with a laugh. "Actually, it's at our cottage right now. We wear it when it's raining."

Colin is soaking up every ounce of outside interest, shining in the spotlight thanks to a confident and comfortable personality.

The media following whatever team drafts the talented forward will be just as fortunate as the franchise.

"I love the spotlight," said Wilson. "I don't know too many guys that wouldn't."

Bloodlines are a strong theme heading into the first round. Wilson could be joined by Jared Staal, the last of four Staal brothers, and David Toews, the younger brother of the Blackhawks' Jonathan.

"I'm starting to believe there's an awful lot to be said for bloodlines," said Carey Wilson, pointing out last year's performances by Dave Gagner's son Sam and Kent Nilsson's kid Robert for the Edmonton Oilers.

"I realized early on, in his younger days, that (Colin) had a knack for the game."

Father and son share similarities -- "hands and hockey sense," says Colin.

Both admit the younger Wilson is a more well-rounded prospect, though.

"Maybe I was a little bit more into the puck-handling and the finesse. He's a bit more of a brute," Carey said. "He's built like a brick schoolhouse ... and he uses that to his abilities."

As video shows, there's more than just grit that separates the two.

"He had a bit of a mullet haircut. It was pretty funny," Colin said. "We actually watched a game of his with a couple of buddies and it was funny. You could see him mouthing a couple of swears."

Another area they're opposites is their nationalities.

Colin was born in the U.S. when Carey played for the New York Rangers and has always rooted or played for the southerners in international competition.

It wasn't easy to stay true to the Red, White and Blue while growing up in Winnipeg -- where the Wilsons returned when Colin was three.

Whether he's drafted by a team situated above or below the border, Wilson will be excited to show he belongs in the NHL.

"Either country is fine. I can't get picky here."


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