The Washington Capitals’ 2012 1st Round Pick is a big bodied, 6 foot 4, 218 pound, 23 year-old flying wrecking ball. Tom Wilson is known for his big hits and never-back-down mentality. So far in his NHL career, he is notorious around the league for his careless hitting and his determination to play the body on his foes.
In the final preseason game in St. Louis, Tom Wilson laid a crushing check on the boards to Blues’ Forward Sam Blais. Tom Wilson was issued a boarding penalty and, after a hearing with the NHL Player Safety a four game suspension to start off the regular season. It probably did not help the NHL’s case after hearing Tom Wilson had recently served a two game suspension with an interference call against the Blues on Forward Robert Thomas. Not a good look for the Caps’ gritty Winger.
For the start of the 2017-2018 Regular season, the Caps have the intention of signing PTO Alex Chiasson to some sort of deal. He will most likely fill in for Tom Wilson on the 3rd line. They are both big power forwards that can produce gritty opportunities and points.
Tom Wilson must reform his game. He is currently under then NHL’s microscope and can not afford another bad hit like the previous two. Not only is it hurting the team, but it could potentially hurt his career with the Caps.