Top-Line Tom: Tom Wilson Finally Molding into the Top-Six Player the Caps Envisioned

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After an impressive performance in the first round of 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Capitals right wing Tom Wilson seemed to have begun to turn his career around after beginning it as a fourth-line player through his first three seasons. Now in his fourth full season in the NHL and currently the team’s top-line right wing, Wilson is proving he can be the player the Caps envisioned him being when they drafted him 16th overall in 2012.

In the seven games since promoted to the top-line, Wilson has recorded six points, including a two-goal, two-assist performance in the Capitals’ 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. His performance against Chicago proved he can be a key contributor offensively while still playing with the physical edge that has seemingly defined his career to this point.

Wilson now has four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 25 games played, this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension. He is currently on pace for a career-high 13 goals, 29 assists, and 42 points, which would surpass his previous career-high of 23 points by 19. When the Capitals drafted him with the 16th overall pick in 2012, they envisioned him playing a similar role as veteran NHLer Milan Lucic. And so far this season, Wilson is proving he is capable of doing just that.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography and reading in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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7 Responses to Top-Line Tom: Tom Wilson Finally Molding into the Top-Six Player the Caps Envisioned

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Wilson’s the man. Hopefully he continues to play like this, good article.

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  5. Stacey says:

    Tom Wilson is a beast on the ice. He’s smart and knows when to put the pressure on to help Backy and Ovi score. Keep it up #43! You definitely make the game more exciting to watch! Nice article.

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