Tom Wilson, RW
Hometown: Toronto, ON, CAN
Drafted: 16th overall by Washington in 2012
December 2013 – Wilson is proving his versatility while he continues to receive limited minutes. Though he only has 4 points in 37 games for the Caps, his 80 PIM’s rank 6th in the NHL and he also has 86 hits, despite receiving just over seven minutes of ice time per game. His ice-time is still unlikely to change, but depending on the league format, Wilson could yet be useful this season. His top-six upside however is what really should make owners happy. But he won’t reach that upside until he starts receiving quality line mates and minutes, which is unlikely to happen in the near future. Nathan Kanter
October 2013 – Wilson has seen less than seven minutes of ice-time per game through six games, including zero powerplay time. Keep him stashed away in the minors until he can work his way up the depth chart, which this season is highly unlikely. Nathan Kanter
October 2013 – Wilson has successfully made the Caps opening day roster. He will be playing with Martin Erat and fellow rookie Michael Laata on the fourth line to open the season against the Hawks. His aggression and physical play will serve well but don’t forget he can also score. For now though, limited offensive opportunities. Nathan Kanter
June 2013 – Wilson was a (surprising) call-up for the Caps in their opening round playoff series against the Rangers for games 5-7. He was (understandably) used sparingly, receiving six, five, and then nine minutes of ice time but was able to dish out a solid eight hits in the three games. Wilson certainly has a shot at making the Caps this fall, and the call-up no doubt helps his stock, but it won’t be a cake walk by any stretch of the imagination. Nathan Kanter
April 2013 – Tom Wilson has signed an Amateur Tryout (ATO) with the Hershey Bears meaning that he will join the team for their AHL Playoff run. Wilson was an offensive force for the Plymouth Whalers in their recent playoff run netting nine goals and 17 points in 12 games before his team was ousted by the London Knights. It was an impressive showing for Wilson as he displayed a lot more offensive potential throughout the series than he had throughout the regular season. His ability to raise his game during critical games is appealing quality and the Washington Capitals may give him a long look for the main roster come Fall 2013. Brendan Ross
March 2013 – In Wilson’s third OHL season he set new career highs in goals (23), assists (35), points (58) and plus-minus (plus-35). In addition, Wilson added 104 penalty minutes continuing his tough and rugged skilled playing style. Tom Wilson was named the hardest hitter in the Western Conference in the annual OHL Coaches Poll. Brendan Ross
February 2013 – Wilson’s game play style kept him from making Team Canada for the WJC as he was a late cut when the staff decided they wanted a responsible team that would attract less penalties for playing a less physical style than Wilson would have provided. In the NHL his style and size will be an asset, not a limiting factor. Wilson was also called up for camp with the Capitals, but was sent back to the OHL a week later. Jason Banks
December 2012 – Tom Wilson was one of 21 forwards invited to take part in Canada’s National Junior Selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championships in Ufa, Russia. If Wilson makes this team, then he will be counted on to bring loads of energy to frustrate his opponents using his relentless physical game and net-front presence. Brendan Ross
June, 2012 – Tom Wilson is the fiercest player available in this draft class with his ability to fight and play an intimidating physical game. His offensive skill set is undetermined at this point by the big power forward showed some flashes of brilliance in the 2012 OHL Playoffs and could thrive with more responsibility next season.
Fantasy Outlook: B-
Wilson is one of the better multi-cat options out there as he can put up both points and penalty minutes. Breaking into the Caps top-six will be difficult however.
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