When most California teens were out surfing the waves, Rik Wilson had transplanted himself to Kingston, Ontario where he was playing for the Junior A Canadiens of the Ontario Major Junior Hockey League. After three successful years in junior, the St. Louis Blues in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft selected Wilson in the 1st round, 20th overall.
In his rookie season with the Blues, Wilson suited up for 48 games, scoring three goals and 18 assists. He also appeared in nine playoff games, gathering three assists.
The St. Louis coaching staff had expected the 1982-83 season would be an offensive breakout year for Wilson, but in 56 games he managed just three goals and 11 assists. The next two years produced season point totals of 18 and 24, certainly lower than the Blues had expected.
Late in the 1985-86 season he was moved to the Calgary Flames, but his fortunes did not measurably improve there, either. He appeared in just two games in a Calgary uniform.
The next stop for Wilson was the Windy City. He appeared in 14 games with the Blackhawks, but did not fit in with the team's style of play.