Wilson has an intimate chat with Claude Giroux. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Well, here’s something incredible we’ve uncovered about Tom Wilson.
Playing the Florida Panthers on February 27th, Wilson’s third-period slash on Brian Campbell put him at 112 penalty minutes on the year. Those two PIMs helped Wilson overtake the teenager penalty minutes record since 2004-05.
That mark was previously held by — you’ll never guess.
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Sidney Crosby had 110 in 2005-06. But that was just the beginning.
By participating in the line brawl on Wednesday against the Flyers, The Ten Train (aka Tom the Tank Engine aka Willy Baby) surpassed NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan in rookie penalty minutes (131) by two.
Though the top spot, held by the Sabres’ Brad May is well out of reach (309 minutes), the Capitals right winger is on pace to finish 39th (!!!) all-time on that list by the end of the season.
Wilson is also now 2nd in penalty minutes as a rookie teenager among all active players, with Panthers’ veteran blueliner Ed Jovanovski and his 1995-96 season four minutes ahead (137). Something tells me this record will fall very soon — maybe as soon as tonight, when the Caps square off against Big Bad Boston Bruins.
I think fighting is stupid (really, it is), but maybe other parts of Tom’s game will follow his record-breaking ability to get to the penalty box when he starts playing actual hockey.