Sep 7, 2013, 1:15 AM EST
Not even two months after his 19th birthday, Tom Wilson made the jump from the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That was also less than a full year after the Capitals selected the gigantic right winger – he stands at 6’4″ and weighs 210 pounds – with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
He’s still eligible to return to junior hockey, where he would be the feature piece for the Whalers. However, he’s looking to earn full-time employment in the NHL, after getting a taste of what it’s like to play in the big leagues last spring.
“I played at this level last year and I felt good. I think I’m going to play in the league at some point,” Wilson told CSN Washington.
“I think the real question is whether it’s better to take my time and go back and develop a little bit more in Plymouth or make the jump and learn more up here. It’s not really my decision. I just have to make their decision tough to send me away.”
- Wild coach accuses Sharks of embellishment 0
- Lundqvist hooked after three first-period goals as Rangers’ woes continue 20
- Burke wants the Flames to be — yep, you guessed it — more ‘truculent’ 40
- Flames fire GM Jay Feaster 36
- Video: Projected rise in salary cap could have some players ‘licking their lips’ 19
- Discuss: Blackhawks score big on Rivalry Night on NBCSN 37
- Crosby: If I had to guess Thornton’s suspension, I’d say 10 games 83
- Cowen gets two-game suspension for hit on Girgensons 12
- Rangers must consider Callahan’s injury history in contract talks 13
- The Chip ‘n’ Chase: Outrage over hockey violence, Gary Bettman is a happy man, Darryl Sutter is awesome, and more! 33
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (184)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (156)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (138)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (132)
- Orpik suffers from concussion, including memory loss (118)