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6 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, -2, 7 PIMs
Although he has yet to register a point in his young NHL career, Tom Wilson is till managing to leave an impression on his opponents. The 19-year-old is third on the team with 17 hits, behind only Troy Brouwer (21) and Alex Ovechkin (19). Plus, Wilson is the only Capitals player with a fighting major, according to HockeyFights.com.
In the process, Wilson is also leaving an impression on his teammates. Karl Alzner spoke to Mike Harris of The Washington Times about Wilson on Oct. 11:
I haven’t known him for too long, but that’s one of the things I heard right away, that he’s kind of mean out there. He kind of likes to get in the mix, stand up for his teammates. It’s nice to have guys like that on your team. Boston’s full of them, and they seem to continue to win.
However, one rather significant question looms for Wilson and the Capitals in the next few days. This was discussed By Rebecaa Henschel of JapersRink.com on Oct. 14:
Saturday night’s debacle against Colorado marked the fifth game of the season for the Caps—and, perhaps more importantly, it marked the fifth game in which Tom Wilson was in the lineup, bringing him past the halfway point of his evaluation period. Should the team decide to send him back to the OHL, they only have about a week to do so (provided he stays in the lineup for the next four games) without ticking off a year of his three-year entry-level contract; keep him around for that tenth game and beyond, and that first year is burned.
True, the first year of Wilson's contract would be burned if he were kept with the Capitals for 10 games and beyond. However, the team would burn an opportunity for Wilson to learn at the professional level if they sent him back to the OHL. The Caps should keep the kid on the big club and let him soak up the experience like a sponge. Besides, he provides a physical presence that is sorely lacking with the continued absence of John Erskine.