White-Hot Willy: Tom Wilson On A Roll With the 2021-22 Regular Season Nearing An End

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The 2021-22 regular season has seen the Washington Capitals struggle at times to maintain a consistent stretch of play, with injuries and COVID-19-related absences, among others, making it difficult for the club to ice their envisioned lineup. However, the regular season has proven to be a banner one for Right Wing Tom Wilson, who in an eventual 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, reached a new offensive milestone, adding to what has already been a highlight year.

Wilson scored his 23rd goal of the 2021-22 season, establishing a new career-high in goals, having already posted a career-best 49 points (22 G, 27 A) in 67 Games Played heading into the Sunday matinee against Boston; the goal gave him 50 points on the season.

The goal was Wilson’s second in two games, and fourth in his past six contests (he has 10 points – 5G, 5A – in his past 11 games). The 16th overall pick in 2012 has become one of the Capitals’ most important players over the past few seasons, developing an all-around game that has made him invaluable in almost any situation for Head Coach Peter Laviolette. He averaged 2:36 of power play time entering the tilt against the Bruins (ranked sixth on the team), 1:38 shorthanded (eighth), and a career-high 18:55 of ice time a night, including 2:09, 3:08, and 15:20 in each category in the victory over Boston.

Having begun his career in a fourth-line role and taking a few seasons to reshape his game from a physical, at times controversial style, to a more well-rounded forward, Wilson’s career season also included an appearance in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Las Vegas, his first selection to the event.

With the Capitals in wild card position for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team will no doubt look to No. 43 to continue his offensive output and consistency. If the final stretch of the 2021-22 season is any indication, there may be a good chance that happens.

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 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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2 Responses to White-Hot Willy: Tom Wilson On A Roll With the 2021-22 Regular Season Nearing An End

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Still don’t think we’ve seen the best from #43.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Willy heating up means only good things for the Capitals in May

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