The Wilson punch that ended the fight.
If Tom Wilson doesn’t make the Washington Capitals roster out of training camp, he will return to the Plymouth Whalers knowing he did all he could. On Friday night, Wilson had a goal, an impressive fight, and drew a penalty in another fantastic game for the 19-year-old Canadian.
Five minutes after Mikhail Grabovski absorbed a dirty elbow from Zac Rinaldo in the first period, Wilson stuck up for his teammate and fought the much shorter Brayden Schenn.
It was brutal. Brutal. Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuutal.
Wilson landed most of the punches, but didn’t record the knockout blow until Schenn started losing his balance. Wilson would land a massive haymaker to the side of Schenn’s face that would bloody him.
Wilson teamed up with Mikhail Grabovski for a beautiful goal in the second period as well. Grabovski led the six-foot four-inch Wilson with a pass towards the net. Wilson blew past Braydon Coburn — because he’s freakishly fast — and one-timed the puck home.
To conclude his impressive night, Wilson drew a penalty in third period. Mark Streit high-sticked Wilson as the Caps behemoth kept his feet moving while forechecking.
Wilson played on the second line tonight with Eric Fehr and Mikhail Grabovski and he delivered. Will George McPhee keep him around for opening night? It’s a tough decision, but it sure seems like Wilson has done enough to earn himself a sweater.