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Caps warn Tom Wilson about developing lazy habits

Jul 14, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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Washington Capitals prospect Tom Wilson got a taste of the big time when he played three playoff games in 2013 – you may recall his broken skate incident – but it seems like the large forward is still something of a project.

Many believe that the team drafted him 16th overall in 2012 because of his 6-foot-4 frame, but even so, head coach Adam Oates expressed concern to the Washington Post that Wilson would rely on his size alone.

“Where he plays he’s such a big man, the one thing that we don’t want is for him to get in lazy habits because he dwarfs everybody over there [in the OHL],” Oates said. “I mentioned Troy Brouwer’s stick – he’s a big man like him and he’s figured it out — so just experiment with it and try to maximize a little bit more.”

While the 19-year-old’s size should still be an asset, there are plenty of big defensemen in the NHL, so Oates believes that Wilson needs to do more than bull his way through competition – whether he joins the big club full-time next season or not.

“It’s very difficult. Not trying to compare but a little bit like Eric Lindros, he was so much bigger than everybody in junior he was just cruising around out there,” Oates said. “Tom has that capability, although everyone’s getting a little bigger. We want to make sure he’s on track and any little habit that can help will be great.”

  1. upper90cheese - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I didn’t know Washington still had a team. Weird.

    • somekat - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Not sure how you didn’t know, they are a very good franchise. Their only problem is that they shut down every season when the playoffs start

      • jpelle82 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        a very good franchise at winning nothing

  2. capitalspearljam - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    looking forward to having him play up in washington. hoping atleast he’ll play in hershey this year.with experience i think he will become a great player

  3. operwapitsai - Jul 15, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    well why dont ya trade him the moment he has a setback in his development GMGM…. (Filip Forsberg)

  4. blomfeld - Jul 15, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    “the one thing that we don’t want is for him to get in lazy habits” …

    Well if that’s the case, then they better keep him away from Ovechkin ! :)

    • babykaby - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Yeah, the top scorer in the league is lazy. When are you going to stop commenting on every hockey article and get up off your bottom and do something constructive. I would be willing to bet you are a lot more lazy at your job, if you have even managed to get hired somewhere, than Ovechkin will ever be. Grow up, your jealousy is showing.

  5. babykaby - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    This article was taken so out of context it is not even funny. The bozos that write these articles should really be held accountable for the lies they right.

  6. babykaby - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    jpelle82 is a ten year old boy. He lives in his stepmother’s basement and will only eat cheese sandwiches.

    • blomfeld - Jul 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Do something constructive ?

      “Jpelle82 is a ten year old boy. He lives in his stepmother’s basement and will only eat cheese sandwiches” …

      Babykaby – that’s the spirit ! … way to do something ‘constructive’ by insulting fellow commenters … no doubt your hard-working ‘me make score goal’ hero Ovechkin would approve eh ? With all kidding aside, the fact remains that OVI is a lazy, moody, albeit ‘talented’ parasite, who to date has yet to delivers the goods for those paying the freight (ie: circa US 10 million per year plus benefits). And the likelihood of him ever doing so, now diminishes drastically with each passing season. If the Capitals had the cajonas then they’d deal with this problem right now, by re-writing the terms of his stupid K and shipping him off ‘asap’ !

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