A Century in Goals: Tom Wilson Scores 100th Career Goal

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.

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.

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.

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 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, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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1 Response to A Century in Goals: Tom Wilson Scores 100th Career Goal

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    And to think there were times that many in the Caps fan base had wished they had drafted Teuvo Tervainen instead of Wilson. He’s nearly caught up to him in goals. He’ll probably catch up to Galchenyuk at some point.

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