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Washington Capitals Sign First Round Pick Tom Wilson

July 19th, 2012 at 11:39 AM
By Michael Stancik

It may not be as flashy or well-timed as the signing of Filip Forsberg, but future NHL grinder (yep, I'm confident) Tom Wilson likely didn't mind how he became a member of the Washington Capitals.

The Capitals announced the signing of Wilson this morning, which signaled the end of negotiations for both of Washington's first-round picks. Word of Forsberg's contract came during last Friday's development camp scrimmage, sending a wave of excitement throughout Kettler Iceplex.

Exactly like Forsberg's deal, Wilson will earn $832,500 at the NHL level, before bonuses. He'll be making $70,000 at the AHL level.

Also similar to Forsberg, Wilson will not be headed to Hershey right away. The Canadian will again play with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) next season before perhaps making the leap to professional hockey.

The 6-4, 205 pound winger plays like a monster. (photo of a Wilson check) If he's able to develop his skating and puckhandling skills, he could become a very productive two-way player. With an expectation that the 18-year-old will bulk up over the next few years, a top-6 forward may emerge down the road.

Hershey and Washington fans will love this guy.

Here's a video of a fight during the OHL All-Star Game (!?) in which Wilson broke his knuckle. Awesome. (He can score with that power, too)


Tags: Filip Forsberg, Hockey, NHL, Plymouth Whalers, Tom Wilson, Washington, Washington Capitals

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