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Wilson to stick with Caps for season

Oct 18, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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Tom Wilson hasn’t played much this year, but has apparently shown the Capitals enough to stick.

That’s the word out of Washington on Friday as the Caps told Wilson, their first-round pick (16th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, that he’ll be with the big club for the remainder of the year.

Wilson, 19, was eligible to return to OHL Plymouth. He’s spent the last three years with the Whalers and had a solid 2012-13 campaign, scoring 23 goals and 58 points in 48 games.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Wilson made his Caps debut in last year’s playoffs, appearing in three games, then made the team out of training camp this season after a solid exhibition campaign.

While his minutes have been limited (he’s played all seven games but is only averaging 6:42 TOI per), the Caps have been impressed by his toughness. Wilson’s biggest impact this season has been with his fists, as he leads Washington with two fights — he’s actually the only Cap to have fought this season.

“Anybody who has played hockey will tell you, it is not an easy thing to do,” Caps defenseman Steve Oleksy told the Washington Times. “He’s been great for us. It is huge for the locker room, huge for the energy in the building.”

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  1. elvispocomo - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Not the worst thing, since he’s a big guy who can play an energy game up and down the lineup. Will he develop enough with 6-7 minutes is another question, but is good depth getting his feet wet and will likely start to earn more icetime if he does develop.

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