Wilson with the Capitals in 2017
March 29, 1994|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|NHL team||Washington Capitals|
16th overall, 2012|
Thomas Wilson (born March 29, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected in the first round, 16th overall, by the Capitals at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Wilson is a Stanley Cup champion, winning with the Capitals in 2018 over the Vegas Golden Knights.
Wilson won the gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2011 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, and was also selected to play in the 2012 CHL Top Prospects Game. Wilson was a member of the Canada under-18 team that won gold medal at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Prior to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, he was rated as a top prospect who was expected to be a first-round selection in the Draft. The 6'4", 210-pound Wilson was eventually picked 16th overall in the Draft by the Washington Capitals, and excelled in an expanded offensive role with the Plymouth Whalers, his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) club; his third-year stats (23 goals and 58 points) more than doubled his previous year's output (nine goals and 27 points).
On May 10, 2013, Wilson made his NHL debut when he suited up with the Capitals for Game 5 of their 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs series against the New York Rangers. During that game, he had one memorable shift during which he lost a skate blade after a check on the boards, and was forced to struggle back to the bench on one skate while play carried on.
On October 3, 2013, during the 2013-14 season, Wilson participated in his first career NHL fight, taking on Lance Bouma of the Calgary Flames. He scored his first career goal just over one month later, on November 5, against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders.
Wilson scored his first career playoff goal in overtime of Game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, giving the Capitals the 4-3 win. During Game 4 of the same series, Wilson scored two goals and saved a goal in the same game, diving across the crease to help his goalie Braden Holtby keep the puck out of the net, helping the Capitals tie the series at two games each. The Capitals would eventually lose in seven games in the next round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Wilson had a career year during the 2017-18 season, putting up career numbers in goals, assists, and points. On December 6, 2017, Wilson scored four points in one game for the first time in his NHL career. He scored two goals and two assists to help the Capitals beat the Chicago Blackhawks. He frequently played on the Capitals top line with Alexander Ovechkin, and reached double digits in goals for the first time in his NHL career during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks, to help push the Capitals to the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs. In the playoffs, Wilson was investigated three times by the NHL Department of Player Safety for hits to the heads of opponents that resulted in injury. Wilson's successful season ended with the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
On July 27, 2018 the Capitals re-signed Wilson to a six-year, $31.02 million contract extension worth $5.17 million annually.
The NHL suspended Wilson for the first four games of the regular season for boarding St. Louis Blues rookie forward Sammy Blais during each team's 2017 preseason finale.
|2009-10||Toronto Jr. Canadiens||GTHL||77||44||61||105||140||--||--||--||--||--|
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge Gold Medal||2011|||
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2011-12|||
|Stanley Cup Champion||2018|
|The Hockey News, Bob Probert Award (Toughest Player)||2018|