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Caps send first-rounder Wilson back to junior

Jan 16, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Thomas Wilson

The Capitals won’t have either of their 2012 first-round picks in the lineup this season.

That’s the word out of Washington on Wednesday as GM George McPhee announced the Caps have sent forward Tom Wilson back to OHL Plymouth.

Wilson, 18, was the 16th overall selection at the draft and earned praise from Washington head coach Adam Oates for his training camp performance thus far.

“He looked great out there,” Oates told the Washington Times. “He skated great, he looked like one of the guys and sometimes I didn’t realize it was him.”

Wilson was the second of Washington’s two first-round picks at the draft. The first, Filip Forsberg, was taken 11th overall and had already been dispatched to his Swedish team, Leksands, in late July.

Of note, Forsberg was named to the 2013 World Junior tournament All-Star team after pacing Sweden with five points in six games en route to a silver medal.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    See you next year, kid! Beef up, and get ready for the big league. He’ll be around for a while here. Kuznetsov, Wilson, Galiev, Forsberg… Four bright, BRIGHT prospects

    • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Kuznetsov is a very young man who’s already a husband, a father and one of the KHL’s rising stars. He’s also Russian, meaning so are his family, friends, community and culture. If that was my life, I’d have a lot of reasons to stay home.

      Not saying he will, of course. I hope he brings his game to the Capitals. He’s exciting and fun to watch. But there are a lot of good reasons for a guy with his life not to want to just yet. Just something to keep in mind.

      Hope I’m wrong, anyway.

      • ravenscaps48 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        The only reason he is still in Russia is because the President of the Russian Hockey Federation blackmailed him into staying. At least that is what is believed to had happened. That if he went to the NHL, he would be blacklisted from the Worlds as well as the Olympics in ’14. He’ll be here in the summer of next season, and all will be well

  2. husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    @ravenscaps

    Agreed my friend. If Forsberg is on the ice and wearing the same jersey as Ovi, oh man the possibilities.

    On a side note, you ready for New England? Here come the Ravens!

    • ravenscaps48 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Brady Goin DOWN!

      • husky2score - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        AMEN BROTHA! watch for that deep ball!

  3. rsl22 - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I wouldn’t get too excited for Galiev, but I do think Riley Barber is going to impress in a couple years.

    • 19to77 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      Thumbs up for Barber, but don’t count Galiev out just yet.

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