Capitals fans have already seen firsthand the type of physical presence that Tom Wilson brings to the lineup. According to HockeyFights.com, the 19-year-old rookie already has a team-leading three fighting majors.
But there is more to Wilson than just fighting. The Hockey News describes what he brings to the table:
Has great size and strength, plenty of snarl to his game, as well as good offensive instincts. Can score goals and set up linemates, but he does his best work when utilizing his big frame to create space for teammates.
This type of player is perfect for the center of the Capitals' 1-3-1 power play, which is wreaking havoc with a total power-play percentage of 26.8. That's third-best in the league. Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward have excelled in this role, and Wilson can do the same.
To do this, Wilson must be given more power-play time. So far, he has averaged 0:14 of power-play time per game—10th among Capitals forwards. Letting him skate on the second power-play unit would accomplish this goal.
By doing this, Oates will give Wilson a chance to show what he's really made of.