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.

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  • Max

    man o man do those left handed jabs look good lol

  • thecriz76

    I like this kid a lot lol

  • Margaret McGuire

    good read, really hope Wilson makes the team. If erat really stands a chance to center the 3rd line instead of being on the 2nd line I’d much rather see Wilson on the lines then Perreault. never been a fan of Matty P and with his inconsistencies, Wilson has more to offer in the long run.

    and uhm ya I believe Grabovski sent that one-time pass to Wilson for the goal as the video and scoresheet show

  • Thanks, I fixed. I’m still in preseason form myself. 🙂 Pretty sure Locker said it was Chimera. I blame him. Haha.

  • breaklance

    I will be devastated if Wilson gets sent down. He’s been a monster all preseason. Tonight he comes up short of a Gordie, again, and played on a line that saw 3 goals. Playing him every night on a 3rd line seems to be the best thing for him. Wilson is working hard here and will just demolish if he gets sent down.

    Nice to have another thrilling prospect without yearning year after year for Kuzya

  • Yo8

    This kid better be on the team or McPhee will never hear the end of it.

  • Matt McNeely

    I don’t know how Schenn stays upright. Tom is a terror.

  • Glenn Havinoviski

    Ovi wants Wilson here. ‘Nuff said.

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  • Rhino40


    I hope he makes the big club..and if he does I smell a new t-shirt coming–how about it guys?

  • Rhino40

    Sorry about the double post folks–It had looked like the first one didn’t take.