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Earlier in the week, George McPhee told the media he had no interest in inviting junior players to training camp. “There’s no sense… in that sort of thing because they wouldn’t be able to make our team right now anyway.” After Brooks Laich returned to camp with what appears to be a groin injury and Nicklas Backstrom still regaining form after suffering a neck injury, a depth forward or two couldn’t hurt.
That’s why on Thursday, McPhee announced that Tom Wilson, the 16th overall pick of the 2012 NHL draft, would be coming to camp after all.
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About a half an hour after the Capitals selected Filip Forsberg at number 11, they had several sexy options at number 16. Two talented Finns were still available in Tuomo Teravainen and Olli Maatta, while PK Subban’s brother Malcolm was also still without a team.
Instead the Caps went a little off the board (THN #25) and drafted six-foot, four-inch right-wing Thomas Wilson.
[Editor’s note: You are now reading Part Two of Fedor’s series on the draft. If you missed Part One, all about available centers, well then this link right here leaves you with no excuse.]
Despite Caps fans clamoring for another top six center, the Caps could certainly use one or two more wingers in the near future. With Kuznetsov’s delayed arrival and the likely departure of Alexander Semin, there’s a hole in the flanks. With the picks they have, the Caps could select a player who could contribute on the second line– particularly if they switch back to the fast-paced style of play that George McPhee hinted at during a pre-draft meeting with the media.
In their NHL line-up, the Caps currently have Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, and Matt Hendricks on the left wing; and Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward on the right wing. The Caps’ top prospect is Stanislav Galiev at left and Evgeny Kuznetsov, somewhere far away, at right.
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