Tom Wilson
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Tom Wilson

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-03-29

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-4

Acquired:

1st round (16th overall), 2012

Weight:

194 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Tom Wilson scored 44 goals with 61 assists and 140 penalty minutes in 73 games for the Toronto Junior Canadiens. He was selected by the Plymouth Whalers in the 2nd round (27th overall) of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.

2010-11: Wilson skated in 28 games in his first OHL season with Plymouth and played for Team Ontario in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was an even plus/minus with 71 penalty minutes. Plymouth advanced to the second round after finishing third in the West Division but Wilson did not play any playoff games. In four games at the WHC he had 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Wilson led the Plymouth Whalers in penalty minutes during the regular season and was the team's second-leading scorer in the OHL playoffs. He had 141 penalty minutes in just 49 games, finishing plus-17 with 9 goals and 18 assists. After finishing first in the West in the regular season, the Whalers advanced to the second round. In 13 playoff games Wilson scored 7 goals with 6 assists and was plus-ten with 39 penalty minutes. Wilson was ranked 15th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Wilson made his NHL debut in the 2013 Playoffs, skating in the last three games of Washington's first round series with the Rangers following his OHL season with Plymouth. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1, averaging 6:52 minutes of ice time with the Capitals. The 19-year-old joined Capitals AHL affiliate Hershey for its playoff series with Providence, scoring once and finishing -1 with six penalty minutes in three games. Wilson had 58 points in 48 regular season games for Plymouth in his third OHL season. He scored 23 goals with 35 assists and was +36 and was second on the team with 104 penalty minutes. The Whalers finished first in the West Division and reached the Western Conference finals against OHL champion London. Wilson scored 9 goals with 8 assists in 13 playoff games and was +10 with 39 penalty minutes.

 

Talent Analysis

Wilson projects as a power forward with some potential for offensive contributions.  At 6'4 and 200 pounds, Wilson already has good size, and he isn't afraid to make use of his size advantage.  And there is room for him to add some muscle to his frame.  Wilson's skating is adequate, good enough for him to cause some havoc in the offensive zone.  While his offensive skills were a big question mark moving forward from his draft date, Wilson put together a tremendous 2012-13 with Plymouth where he had over a point per game. As he continues to develop those assets his stock will only rise.

 

 

Future

Wilson is slowly rising to prominence in the Capitals system, and his continued development is on a very positive arch. He completely blew away expectations in his third season of junior hockey and is inching his way towards looking like a potential long-term top-six power forward in the NHL. With a good training camp or early season showing Wilson could even be considered for the NHL as early as 2013-14.

 

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