21-Year-Old Right Wing – Washington Capitals
Tom Wilson Contract Information:
The Capitals signed Wilson to a three-year, entry-level contract in July of 2012. The deal is worth $832,500 per year at the NHL level, and $70,000 per year at the AHL level.
As expected, Wilson (lower body) participated in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Thursday against the Canucks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The last time a burly 19-year-old kid became a fan favorite for the Capitals, his name was Alex Ovechkin. This time around, it could be Wilson. An offensively-gifted power forward in the junior ranks, it is safe to say that Wilsonís transition wasnít as effortless as Ovechkinís from an offensive production standpoint. Relegated to the role of enforcer, Wilson compiled an impressive 151 penalty minutes in his first season, finishing seventh in the NHL. However, his offensive numbers were far less impressive, and if he wants to do better than last seasonís three goals and 10 points, heíll likely need to find a way to stay out of the penalty box. Suffering a broken ankle in the offseason, Wilsonís place in the lineup to start the season is questionable. New coach Barry Trotz has made it clear he has high hopes for Wilson and the team will ensure his development is approached carefully, so it is possible he spends significant time at AHL Hershey honing his offensive skills. Latta possesses Milan Lucic-like upside in keeper leagues, but given the debate about his development track and his ankle injury, itís difficult to justify drafting him in single-season leagues this season.
Wilson is as young as they come in the NHL. He saw three games last postseason at the ripe young age of 19. The Caps will test him during camp this offseason, seeing how well he matches up against larger and more experienced NHL players but the 6í 4Ē 210 pound winger should be able to hold his own. Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on Wilsonís status as their draft approaches since power forwards with offensive upside are always in demand. He is well worth a long look in keeper leagues but he is several years away from the NHL.