Yet another on the list of 2012 draft prospect that missed significant time due to injury during the 2011-12 season, he spent most the OHL campaign out with a sprained MCL and a broken knuckle. When he was healthy, he was a valuable member of the Whalers, recording 27 points (nine goals and 18 assists) in 27 games. A physical player, Wilson recorded 141 penalty minutes in 27 games. He was voted 'Best Body Checker' by an OHL Western Conference coaches poll.
Wilson, a native of Toronto, represented Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hnlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring three goals in five games to lead Canada to gold. He also represented Team Ontario and won a gold medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.