In a 2021-22 season that has seen a number of milestones and career highlights reached by members of the Washington Capitals, most notably Alex Ovechkin, other veterans, and the team’s youth infusion, it was only a matter of time before right wing Tom Wilson joined the list as he approached 100 career goals. In the first period of the team’s Monday night tilt against the Anaheim Ducks, No. 43 accomplished just that.
At the 13:34 mark of the opening frame, Wilson scored a no-doubt, wide-open net goal just in front of the paint, taking a pass from defenseman Justin Schultz to give the Caps a 1-0 lead that would carry into the first intermission; Ovechkin picked up the secondary assist on the play.
Tic-tac-toe, and a GOAL! #ALLCAPS
That’s Tom Wilson’s 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th career goal, BTW. 😎 pic.twitter.com/xgfQujuzWY
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 7, 2021
Wilson’s 100th goal (ninth this season) comes in his 595th career game (all with the Capitals). The 27-year old forward was drafted by the Caps with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, and since the 2017-18 season, has become the top-line forward the team envisioned when taking him on the first day of the 2012 draft in Pittsburgh nine years ago.
Tom Wilson gives the Caps a 1-0 lead with his ninth goal of the season. That marks his 100th career goal.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) December 7, 2021
Making his debut with the team during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Wilson’s development took longer than anticipated due to a lesser role earlier in his career, where a combination of top forward depth and lack of substantial playing time saw Wilson take on a role that saw him in an enforcer-like, fourth-line role that earned him the reputation of a dirty player in the eyes of others around the league. A number of controversial hits and suspensions made him the ire of other teams and put him under intense scrutiny by the NHL. In the last few seasons, Wilson has worked to transform his game to become one of the team’s most important players.
According to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, Wilson now ranks sixth among players drafted in 2012 in Goals Scored.
Most goals 2012 NHL Draft picks:
1. Filip Forsberg 189
2. Tomas Hertl 160
3. Alex Galchenyuk 140
4. Tanner Pearson 122
5. Teuvo Tervainen 102
6. Tom Wilson 100
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) December 7, 2021