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Ovechkin: Tom Wilson a piece Capitals have been missing

Sep 21, 2013, 2:10 AM EDT

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Alex Ovechkin thinks highly of Tom Wilson.

Wilson, you’ll recall, is the Washington Capitals’ first-round, 16th overall pick from the 2012 NHL Draft.

In a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in exhibition play, Wilson scored a goal by planting himself in front of the net and a fight – he missed the Gordie Howe hat trick by an assist.

His play impressed Ovechkin, the Capitals super star.

“He’s tough, man….You can see he score the goal, make big hits, fight — that kind of piece what we missing,” as per a tweet from Katie Carrera of the The Washington Post.

At only 19 years of age, Wilson has the benefit of three NHL playoff games experience at this early stage of his career.

He’s an imposing target on the ice, standing six-foot-four-inches tall and 210 pounds. The size is nice, but that can’t be his only asset.

“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,” Capitals head coach Adam Oates said during the summer.

“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. joey4id - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Is Ovi saying that Wikson is the missing link which will help him bring the SC to WSH? It would be nice to see this underachieving organization when the championship.

    • babykaby - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      It would be nice if you would learn to proofread what you’ve written before you submit it. They teach that in second grade, don’t they? Talk about underachieving…..

      • joey4id - Sep 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Sorry! I dropped out of scool after fist grade. :-)

  2. dipthatchip - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    so torn if this guy is NHL ready. Like Oates said, he’s been steamrolling people in the OHL, but another year there might be detrimental to his development. If I’m not mistaken, he can’t play in Hershey…

    • prosportswashington - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      why not? (i can never understand the NHLs rules with farm teams/minor league teams)

      • joey4id - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        The kid will turn 20 next March so he’s still eligible for junior hockey. It’s NHL or junior. Junior teams are allowed to align one or 2 20 year olds. When you’re a top draft and you’re 20 you either play NHL or AHL. I agree with dipthatchip that Wilson would develop more with the NHL team.

      • joey4id - Sep 22, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        The CBA indicates that the first two seasons succeeding the draft of an 18 year old player, the club he signs a contract with must first offer him to the club from which he was claimed before it may send him to a farm team. During the first season succeeding the draft of a 19 year old player or a player who reaches his 19th birthday between September 16 and December 31, inclusive, of the year of the Entry Draft, the club he signs a contract with must first offer him to the club from which he was claimed before it may send him to the farm team. During the seasons set forth above, the age 18 and age 19 player, respectively, may be loaned to the minor league team affiliate of his Club when his Junior team is no longer in competition and provided he has been listed on the Club’s minor league eligibility list.

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