Selected in the 13th round, 133rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976, Ron Lee Wilson would certainly be classified as one of the longshots who made it. Although he played in four years of Ontario Major Junior A, his only real complete season in junior was his last one, in 1975-76, when he played in 64 games for the St. Catherines Blackhawks. Wilson tallied 37 goals and 62 assists for 99 points, which was enough to draw at least a passing interest from scouts. The concern was whether or not that was a fluke year or if he could maintain that type of offensive output.
Wilson spent the first three years of his pro career riding the buses in the American Hockey League with the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. Each year he showed a steady improvement and in that third year he collected 33 goals and 42 assists and 75 points.
In 1979-80, the Winnipeg Jets were one of four former WHA teams to be absorbed into the NHL. Wilson's rights were now in the hands of the Jets, and he made the roster that season. In 79 games he scored 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points. He would play a total of nine seasons in Winnipeg before moving on to St. Louis.
At the age of 33, Wilson began his second NHL career, playing four years with the Blues from 1989 to 1993, where he had 33 goals over that time period. Ironically, Wilson would end his career with the club that selected him 17 years earlier. In 48 games with the Montreal Canadiens he netted two goals and ten assists in the 1993-94 season.
The 1994-95 season was split between the Detroit Vipers and the San Diego Gulls of the International Hockey League. 1995-96 was Wilson's last professional season, when he played 46 games for the Wheeling Thunderbirds of the ECHL, retiring just months before his 40th birthday. Not a bad career for a 13th round draft pick.