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’12 first-rounder Wilson to make Caps, playoff debut tonight

May 10, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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The time is now for Tom Wilson.

Wilson, Washington’s first-round pick (16th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, will make his team and postseason debut tonight in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Rangers.

Head coach Adam Oates said Wilson will play on the fourth line with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle, and hopes the 19-year-old will provide a “spark” to his club, which has lost two straight to New York.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Wilson racked up 58 points in 48 games with OHL Plymouth this season, then scored 17 in 12 playoff games before joining the Bears for the Calder Cup playoffs (Hersey was eliminated on Wednesday night).

Wilson participated with the Caps in their abbreviated training camp prior to the season, thoroughly impressing Oates with his style of play.

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

  1. sabatimus - May 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Who’s being scratched in order to have him there? This is an awfully big time to have a guy who’s never played an NHL game to come in and perform.

    • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I think it’s because Erat damn near got killed by a runaway Ovi. I could be wrong, though.

    • utherydeswayn - May 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Erat got hurt in the last game

    • blackfoot11 - May 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Volpatti, Crabb, Wolski are the healthy scratches. Definitely adds size with skill to the line-up. Will be interested to see what the kid can do under playoff circumstances.

    • jpelle82 - May 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      erat is hurt. i guess i was wrong, figured volpatti would be in. they are throwing the kid to the wolves, no better way i guess to get your feet wet huh?

      • blackfoot11 - May 10, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        I thought it would be Volpatti as well b/c of his playoff experience. Oates has put Wilson with good veteran linemates in Beag’s and Hendy. I am sure they will prepare him and tell him to keep his game simple.

      • utherydeswayn - May 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM

        I don’t see a problem with it. Just let the kid go out there and fly around hitting people. I think he can provide a spark. Just so long as he doesn’t take penalties, that’s what’s been killing the Caps in this series.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Sarcasm alert! He’s going to replace Ovi. :-)

  2. utherydeswayn - May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I saw this coming last week. He could be to the caps what chris kreider was to the rangers last year.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Oh I GOTTA see this…seems an odd time to bring him up for a debut – but why not?

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      stick to what you know,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Nothing ! His first goal in the NHL will be a playoff goal,,,that trumps sid ! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        I do know that you are a turd of a man, Turdman.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - May 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        WOW awesome comeback, you are on fire today !

  4. mp1113 - May 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Kids a beast. Lets goooo

  5. har21441 - May 10, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Does he backcheck? I hope he backchecks.

  6. capsfan19 - May 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    From what ive seen of him he’ll def add size and grit. When he was drafted he was compared to milan lucic so who knows!

  7. capsrockva - May 10, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Let’s go CAPS CAPS CAPS Caps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hoping Tom has a fantastic debut

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