Wilson's got the goods

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Aaron Wilson's official bio on the Toronto Rock website has his nickname listed as Wild Man.

However, a few years back former Rock assistant coach Ed Comeau started calling him 7-11 -- as in, he was always open.

"That's what I do, try to get open," said the soft-spoken Wilson, whose Rock host the Calgary Roughnecks in National Lacrosse League action tomorrow (noon, Air Canada Centre). "I know if I do, I'll get the ball and then I can put it in the net. That's basically my game. I know I have great passers on my team who will find me."

Toronto's offence is highlighted by its big three of Colin Doyle, last season's MVP, Josh Sanderson and Sherwood Park's Blaine Manning. Despite being one of the league's best pure goalscorers, Wilson often gets lost in the fray and is regularly voted as one of the league's most underrated players.

"I don't mind it at all," said Wilson. "Those three guys are obviously the three main guys. I'm just there to do my part and score whenever I can to help the team. I don't care about the limelight."

Last season, Wilson finished sixth in goals with 41 -- eight behind leader John Grant Jr. of Rochester. This year, the 25-year-old Kitchener, Ont., product is tied for second with 33 in 12 games.

There's no doubt Wilson's teammates appreciate what he does for the team.

"He's totally over-rated," deadpanned Doyle by phone, before starting to laugh as he and Wilson carpooled to practice Wednesday night. "I'm just kidding. He is underrated, I think.

"On a lot of other teams, he wouldn't be. But, with all the attention the three of us get he certainly flies under the radar a bit. But, I don't think that will happen much longer if he keeps doing what he's doing."

The secret to success in today's NLL, said Doyle, is having the type of depth Wilson provides.

"Having the depth is where good teams become great, as far as I'm concerned," said Doyle. "I think he's the best, if not one of the best, depth guys in the league. If you can even call him that. He's a great asset to have, no doubt about it."


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