Wilson Making Big Strides During Rookie Season

November 30, 2022 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Moose Jaw Warriors News Release

Vancouver, B.C. - Cosmo Wilson started the season with one point in his first 18 games, but the rookie defenceman is finding his stride offensively.

Wilson has a point in five of his last six games, including all four games so far on the Moose Jaw Warriors' current seven-game road trip.

"Going from not having a point in the first 18 games to four straight is pretty surreal," Wilson said.

Unheralded when he joined the Warriors late last season down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs, the 2020 seventh round is settling into his role with the team during his first full season with the Warriors.

Wilson said playing in all ten of the Warriors' playoff games last season really set him up to have a strong start to this season.

"It's just more physical and playing Saskatoon and Winnipeg, probably one of the best teams last year, it helped me so much just push my game and get ready for the faster pace of the Western League," he said.

Wilson's growth a third of the way through the season hasn't gone unnoticed by the Warriors coaching staff.

"Cosmo continues to earn more responsibility with smart positioning and an ability to pick things up real quick," Warriors head coach Mark O'Leary said. "He has a calm demeanour that allows him to make smart decisions with the puck under pressure. He's a pleasure to coach."

Wilson has earned a role in the team's top-four recently with 20-year-old defenceman Cole Jordan out with an injury. With that has come some points, Wilson has six assists in 24 games this season and is still looking for his first WHL goal.

"I've grown more offensively," he said. "I just stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and I'm putting the puck on net a bit more."

Wilson said being paired with 19-year-old defenceman Lucas Brenton has helped him as well.

"He's a great partner to me, he makes quick, hard passes and he's a big guy, so I can rely on him if I'm up in the play a bit," he said.

Wilson's recent run of offensive success has also came at a good time for him personally as the Vernon, B.C. product has been able to do it in front of family and friends on the team's road trip through the western province.

"I seem hem all after the game and they're all so stoked to see me, it's just a great time," he said.

Wilson will look to keep his point streak going when the Warriors make their way into Vancouver on Wednesday night (9 p.m. CST) for their final game in the B.C. Division.

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