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Caps ink first-round pick Wilson: three years, $2.5 million

Jul 19, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

Thomas Wilson

The Washington Capitals continued to lock up members of their promising 2012 draft class on Thursday, signing 16th overall pick Thomas Wilson to a three-year, contract worth $2.5 million.

According to Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, Wilson will earn $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level — the exact same entry-evel deal Washington’s other first-round pick, Filip Forsberg (11th overall), signed last week.

Wilson, one of the most physical players taken at the draft, stands 6-foot-4, 203-pounds and wowed the Caps with his hard hitting style at last week’s prospect development camp.

“Boy, the first three or four shifts of the opening scrimmage I was worried that if he did that all week we’d have only two or three players left on the ice,” Caps GM George McPhee said. “We got him to settle down and protect everybody else for the rest of the week.

“We like him a lot. Great kid, great character and he’s going to be a pretty effective player.”

Wilson is likely to return to junior hockey this season and suit up for OHL Plymouth. That should be good for his development — last year, he had 27 points and 141 penalty minutes in 49 games and, in a poll of the OHL’s Western Conference coaches, was selected as the “Best Body Checker” and finished in second place for the “Hardest Worker” title.

Related: Caps ink first-round pick Forsberg — three years, $2.5 million

  1. rsl22 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Tough to compare a kid to Milan Lucic, but I think any team would love to have a Lucic on their team. If he can pan out, great pick.

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    kid scares me at 18yrs old weighing 203. like his game though, by the time he is nhl ready, i see him coming in over 220 lbs…should give the caps some offensive net presence and no one is gonna like playing against him. caps got tougher in a big way.

  3. TheBeautyStatus - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:38 AM

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  4. caps247 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    The Caps have a bright future ahead of them, especially for 2 years from now (Forsberg, Wilson, and maybe Kuznetsov and Galiev). As Ovie, Backstrom and the gang get more experience, a flock of talented prospects come in to learn more under them. I like it.

    • capitalspearljam - Jul 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      couldnt agree more, caps fans should be patient

  5. amerika1313 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Really sad the Bruins didn’t get a chance to take this kid. Sounds like he’ll be Lucic-physical without quite the same scoring touch. But who knows, the scoring could come. I think he would have fit right in with Boston’s style and personnel. Oh, well… My begrudging congrats to the Caps on what I’m thinking will turn out to look like a really good pick a few years from now.

    • flavadave10 - Jul 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      Lucic’s scoring didn’t come until the season after he was drafted. Up until this point, Wilson has been pretty much a mirror image of Lucic.

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