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The caption from Wilson: Minor Midget GTHL All-Star Game #babyface #TeamWendel

On Monday morning, Washington Capitals forward and my personal video game daddy Tom Wilson posted a throwback team photo on Instagram from the Minor Midget GTHL All-Star game, in which he was a participant. Because it’s minor midget hockey, that’d make Wilson around 15 years old in this pic.

Now honestly, it’s a great photo and all, but from far away, it’s kind of meh. So lemme just fire up my enhancing software and zoom-in to quadrant Delta 7-G double-niner 3,000.

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Agent: Tom Wilson Fractured His Fibula in a Fall

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Last week, the Washington Capitals announced that Tom Wilson suffered an ankle injury while vacationing in Canada. There wasn’t much information on the scope of the injury or how it happened.

On Wednesday, CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley got to the heart of the matter, finding out from Wilson’s agent, Mark Guy, that Wilson has fractured his fibula. That’s a bone in the leg– just in case you, like us, had no idea.

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On Wednesday afternoon Mike Vogel of the Washington Capitals announced that second-year forward Tom Wilson suffered an ankle injury in Ontario. Wilson may miss training camp and the beginning of the regular season, which would be a huge loss on top of Dmitry Orlov’s broken wrist.

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Tom Wilson: 2013-14 Season Review

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I’ve been watching Tom Wilson like a hawk since September 29th, when Mathieu Perreault was traded Anaheim reportedly to make room for Wilson. A large, physical, highly rated prospect, Wilson carried with him all the risks associated with large, physical prospects who are highly rated– namely, that they might be over-rated. But while no one except Tom’s financial planner is going to say this year was a success, I’m hesitant to say it tells us anything about Tom’s future.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
7.8 Average time on ice per game
3 Goals
7 Assists
45.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
51.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.1% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
94.8% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Photo: Chris Gordon

On Monday, the Washington Capitals held Breakdown Day at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For two hours, Caps players filed out of the locker room and conducted exit interviews with the media. Because of the whole no playoffs thing, there were a lot of long faces.

There’s about three hours of interview video to surf though on Monumental Network. Because I hate myself and care only about you, dear reader, I’ve transcribed all the key quotes. And because this is RMNB, I also pointed out the fashion choices. Sadly, there was no crazy hair this year.

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First-year pro Patrick Wey hit Nashville Predators facepuncher extraordinairre Rich Clune along the benches on Sunday night. That was obviously unacceptable per the rules of gentlemanly conduct, so Clune challenged Wey to a fight and then knocked him out.

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Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea

This season we’ve learned a lot about Tom Wilson: he is talented, he can fight, and dammit, Oatesy, he needs moar minutes. Here’s another thing: he never takes a bad photo during a fight. For example, here’s his first period bout with Kyle Clifford.

Take a look at his fight from last night.

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He looks very proud of himself.

Since Evgeny Kuznetsov got moved off the fourth line, Tom Wilson has reverted into his role of being the toughest mug in the NHL. In the second period of the Ducks game, Wilson showed off some his dazzling physical game, lowering the boom on Anaheim Ducks’ defenseman Stephane Robidas.

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In Evgeny Kuznetsov’s first NHL game on Monday, he skated a little over 10 minutes on the fourth line, briefly seeing time on the power play. It was clear the young Russian was an NHL rookie playing on a team he had yet to practice with. Things got better the next day though. In Pittsburgh, Kuznetsov registered nearly 15 minutes of ice time, collecting three shots on goal. If not for a confounding leg save by Marc-Andre Fleury, the 21-year-old Russian would have scored his first NHL goal.

On Friday, Kuznetsov continued the trend. He picked up the first three points of his North American career. The 2010 first round pick collected the first two in just over three minutes, assisting on successive goals by Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson in the second period. He added the third on Washington’s go ahead goal in the third period. The Caps won 4-3.

“I hope we win today,” he told 15 members of Washington Capitals press corps gathered around his locker. “That’s first for me.”

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He’s just having fun out there.

1,358 days after being drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov has finally recorded his first NHL point. Not one to settle, Kuzya then got a jaw-dropping assist on Tom Wilson‘s third goal of the year and recorded a secondary assist on a Mike Green goal.

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