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Tom Wilson | Winger | #43

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/29/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (16) / WAS
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Tom Wilson has inked a two-year, $4 million contract with the Washington Capitals.
Wilson is primarily known as an enforcer, but he does contribute a bit offensively and hopes to grow in that regard. He had seven goals, 23 points, and 163 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2015-16. He also averaged 12:55 minutes per game, up from 10:56 minutes as a sophomore and 7:56 minutes as a rookie. He's never going to be a top line player, but the 22-year-old is someone that the Capitals has valued for a while now and is showing signs of growth, so while his cap hit might be high compared to his past role, it's not terribly surprising that he got that kind of a deal. Jun 30 - 4:17 PM

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Tom Wilson is looking to improve his offensive totals next season.

The rugged winger was a valued member of fantasy teams this past season if you played the penalty minute category as he had 166 minutes. He also chipped in with seven goals and 23 points but look for those numbers to improve next season. "I think I just need to continue to grow offensively," Wilson said. "This year was big as far as becoming a defensive player, a penalty killer. That kind of responsibility of being out there in the last minute of games and Trotzy trusting me, the coaching staff trusting me. That trust is there now. That’s kind of the base of what you need and from there you can go and become more of an offensive threat and develop your game more. Next year I look to kind of do that a little bit. I felt like I had a good first series against Philly. I felt like I really had an effect on the game, an effect on the series." Wilson is definitely someone to take a chance on late in pools next season.
Jun 4 - 11:05 AM

Tom Wilson recorded an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

It was Wilson's first point in 10 playoff games this year. He's now played in 26 career postseason contests and this was just his second point over that span.
May 5 - 11:19 AM

Tom Wilson was fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Conor Sheary during Thursday's contest.

Wilson engaged in a late, knee-on-knee hit that sent Sheary to the ice, but fortunately the Penguins forward was able to stay in the game. The amount the NHL fined Wilson is the maximum allowable per the CBA.
Apr 29 - 2:34 PM

Tom Wilson is feeling fine after leaving Wednesday's contest with two minutes remaining in the game.

Wilson was checked by Philadelphia's Brandon Manning and the head appeared to be a significant point of contact. "It was a hard hit," Wilson said. "I feel good today, the usual. Nowadays, you’ve got to be extra careful, so [head athletic trainer Greg Smith] just said, ‘Go back, and get checked out.’ But I feel good and should be good to go." It's worth mentioning that Wilson was hit while spinning with the puck and his head was both moving and down so Manning contact with his head could be argued as accidental. Capitals Coach Barry Trotz felt it was a hockey play gone bad. Fortunately it seems like it didn't result in a significant injury.
Apr 21 - 6:01 PM

Tom Wilson fought Wayne Simmonds on Thursday.

Both took seven minutes in penalties with Wilson drawing a minor for boarding Andrew MacDonald while Simmonds took his for coming to his rescue and roughing it up with Wilson before the fight. The two are buddies from Toronto. "He’s a real awesome guy," Wilson said. "Off the ice he’s played a huge role in kind of where I’ve gotten to. He’s always been there in my workout group. He’s been kind of a mentor for me, but none of that matters right now. I’m sure he won’t be too happy with me. We’ve gone at it a couple times and that’s the beauty of the game. You can battle it out and leave everything on the ice and go back and kind of have a good relationship after the game. That’s what the hockey community’s all about." Wilson would love to be the offensive player Simmonds is but he has a long way to go as he potted seven goals this season while Simmonds had 32.
Apr 16 - 9:37 AM

Tom Wilson is expected to be a physical presence in the playoffs, but the Capitals want controlled aggression.

Wilson has become a a very good penalty killer for Washington, so it won't due them much good to have him in the box. He amassed 163 minutes in the sin bin in 2015-16, but understands how important special teams are in the postseason. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get under the Flyers' skin during the series.
Apr 14 - 5:06 PM

Tom Wilson (lower body) is expected to play Thursday.

"He had tweaked a lower-body in the game the other day, so we just kept him off," said coach Barry Trotz referring to Monday's practice. "Didn't want to aggravate it. He should be fine." The Capitals bench boss called it a maintenance day.
Jan 12 - 3:27 PM

Tom Wilson exited Tuesday's practice early because of a lower-body injury.

He headed off for "precautionary reasons." The Capitals don't play until Thursday's home match against Vancouver, so Wilson has plenty of time to recover. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 12 - 11:11 AM

Tom Wilson's match penalty for what had been ruled an attempt to injure Curtis Lazar has been rescinded.

The incident occurred on Wednesday. Wilson will also not be suspended for his actions. Consequently, he is eligible to play for the Capitals on Friday against Tampa Bay.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Tom Wilson potted his first goal of the season Saturday.

Wilson did it in his hometown of Toronto and although he did not pick up a penalty, he was pretty feisty throughout the contest. Wilson has six points this season with 39 penalty minutes in 23 games so his stats are on track to be fairly close to last season when he had 17 points and 172 penalty minutes. Look for the forward to get 20 points and 150 penalty minutes if he remains healthy.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 11:25:00 AM

Tom Wilson had an assist in Washington's 1-0 overtime win on Monday.

Wilson hasn't found the back of the net yet this season, but he does have five assists. Of course, if you own him in a standard league then you're doing so for his time in the sin bin. He has 37 PIM so far.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 06:42:00 AM

Tom Wilson thinks he is getting an unfair deal with the referees.

Wilson took a minor on Thursday that he thought was undeserved as he mixed it up with Antoine Roussel of the Dallas Stars. "Yeah, it’s getting pretty frustrating," Wilson said. "I know when I came into the league three years ago I don’t think that would have been looked at as even close to a penalty...I come in, I bear hug (Roussel), no punches thrown. It’s a scrum, and I get taken out of that. I guess I’ve got to take it as another learning curve." Wilson has 23 penalty minutes but has only been involved in one fight this season. He has four assists in 18 games.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 09:52:00 AM

Tom Wilson got into a couple of fights with Boston's Kevan Miller on Friday.

Wilson thought that Miller was taking liberties with the franchise player Alex Ovechkin and stepped in, hurting his hand in the interim. "Any time you get into a fight your hands take a beating," said Wilson, who knocked Miller’s helmet off with a hard right uppercut in their first bout. "He was going after Ovi a little bit. He’s the best player in the league and our captain. That’s one reason." Wilson should see action on the Capitals third line this season and his fantasy value will be tied up in penalty minutes.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:10:00 AM

Forward Tom Wilson scored early in the third period to break a goalless tie in the Washington Capitals' 2-0, preseason shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes Monday night.

Derek Roy scored an insurance goal for Washington later in the third period. Braden Holtby and Dan Ellis combined for the shutout. Holtby made 14 saves. Ellis, 12. For Carolina, Eddie Lack stopped all 22 shots he faced. Drew MacIntyre turned aside seven shots and allowed both Washington goals.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 11:15:00 PM

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4Brad Malone
5Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
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4Stanislav Galiev
5Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
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3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer