The Capitals went big, strong and nasty with their second pick of Fridays NHL entry draft, taking 6-foot-4, 205-pound right wing Thomas Wilson with the 16th pick overall.
Wilson had nine goals and 18 assists in in 49 games with Plymouth of the OHL. But it was his 141 penalty minutes and plus-17 rating that intrigued Capitals scouts.
Wilson also played often against Dale Hunters London Knights and was a thorn in their sides. Capitals general manager George McPhee said Wilson came highly recommended by Hunter.
Heres a quick scouting report on him, courtesy NHL.com
-- Wilson recorded 27 points (9-18--27), 141 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating in 49 games for Plymouth during an injury-plagued (sprained MCL, broken knuckle) 2011-12 season. He added 13 points (7-6--13) in 13 playoff contests
-- He was voted as the Best Body Checker in the OHLs 2012 Western Conference Coaches Poll and was a runner up for the Hardest Worker distinction.
-- In 2010-11, Wilson only appeared in 28 games for the Whalers after suffering a severed tendon in his wrist. He posted six points (3-3--6) and 71 penalty minutes in his first season in the OHL.
-- Wilson won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting three goals in five games. He also won gold with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording one assist and six penalty minutes in four games.
-- In 2010, he was named the OHL Academic Player of the Month for October in the West Division. Tom is a full-time student and achieving straight As, said Whalers assistant coach Joe Stefan. He has made a seamless transition into his first season in the OHL.
-- Former NHLer Steve Thomas, a family friend, has had a big impact on his career.
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