Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson

27-Year-Old Right WingRW
Washington Capitals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wilson had a productive season patrolling the wing, but the story of his 2020-21 campaign was his reckless, physical style of play, and two suspensions -- one that he got for driving Brandon Carlo's head into the boards in a March game against Boston, and one he didn't get in May after what seemed to be a sucker punch on a prone Pavel Buchnevich and subsequent scrum with Artemi Panarin in a tilt against the Rangers. Wilson has the offensive skills to hold down a top-six role even on a team like the Capitals, and he's worked to be better on the defensive end and in puck possession, but his biggest value to Washington comes from his ability to antagonize the opposition and get them off their game. Given consistent ice time alongside talented linemates, the 27-year-old may not yet have reached his fantasy ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $31.02 million contract extension with the Capitals in July of 2018.
Bags apple Saturday
RWWashington Capitals
October 18, 2021
Wilson tallied an assist and four hits during Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Lightning.
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Wilson has yet to register a shot on goal in the first two games, but that streak shouldn't continue long while he's on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. The 27-year-old is a multi-category contributor in a high-octane offense, so keep him rolling.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:13
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:04
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:28
 
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18:16
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16:32
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17:13
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Wilson is proof that true power forwards have not been canceled in today's NHL. In fantasy, there are few things more valuable than a guy with 25-goal, 50-point and 150-PIM potential. Especially in fantasy formats where muscle still counts. Owning a guy like Wilson means you won't need to own a low-scoring meathead that drags like an anchor. Instead, you get a multi-categorical fantasy stud-lite that plays with either Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov or both. That's valuable.
While he won't be confused for a Lady Byng Trophy candidate, Wilson is beginning to emerge from the shadow of his past controversies and becoming a valuable two-way winger for the Capitals - as evidenced by career highs in goals (22) and points (40) despite playing just 63 games last year. The 25-year-old winger was once a niche fantasy commodity for leagues that emphasized hits and PIMs, but his burgeoning role in the top six should give him broad enough fantasy appeal for standard leagues.
There are few players in the league more controversial than Wilson. An intriguing blend of underrated skill and eye-popping physical play enabled Wilson to climb the depth chart in 2017-18, moving from a third-line role player to a top-line power forward in the span of a few months. With a career-high 14 goals and 35 points in 78 games, the 24-year-old's only glaring weakness is a lack of self control. He was suspended three times for questionable hits last season. With a six-year, $31 million extension in hand, Wilson's growing skill set and increased role give him plenty of breakout potential in standard formats and even more value in the rare deep leagues that place a premium on hits and blocked shots.
Wilson's 2016-17 campaign bore a noticeable resemblance to his 2015-16 -- once again, he played all 82 games and scored exactly seven goals, this time on 95 shots (four fewer than the prior season), while averaging 12:56 of ice time (a one-second increase). His PIM and hit totals dipped a bit, but with 133 and 239, respectively, Wilson remained one of the NHL’s foremost bruisers. At only 23 years old, he appears poised to serve in that role for some time, but those hoping for an offensive breakout are probably in for disappointment -- he’s flashed good hands, but that just isn't his game. It also doesn't seem likely that he’s going to step up into a steady top-six role, and the Caps have been unwilling to use him on the power play. Consider any offense that you get out of him to be a bonus.
If your fantasy league counts PIM and hits, Wilson’s a great play, as his consistent third-line minutes in the nation’s capital allow him to rack up huge totals in both categories – his 163 PIM ranked third last season and his 253 hits were good for 10th. However, since making a more or less direct jump from juniors to the NHL three years ago, the big winger hasn’t provided much in the way of offense. His seven goals and 23 points last year represented career highs; if you’re looking on the bright side, that means he’s trending in the right direction, but it’s safe to say we’re still waiting for Wilson’s first-round draft pedigree to materialize. And we’re probably going to keep waiting – he’s not going to see top-six minutes or power-play time unless the Caps are beset by injuries, and he can only piggyback so much on Andre Burakovsky. But at just 22 years old, Wilson certainly has the upside to develop into a more well-rounded fantasy asset in the long run.
In just a couple short years, Wilson has become the de facto enforcer in the American capital. He’s one of the NHL’s fiercest hitters and better fighters, but there’s more to his game than just meathead minutes. Wilson was a first-round draft pick because he has decent hands and a willingness to go to the net to score goals. He has a shot to become a top-nine guy, but it will take remarkable dedication to keep the gloves on. If he can, you can start looking at the possibility of Wilson morphing into the next Troy Brouwer or Joel Ward. Otherwise, he’s a 20-point, 175-PIM pugilist.
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 Wilson’s transition wasn’t as effortless as Ovechkin’s 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 season’s three goals and 10 points, he’ll likely need to find a way to stay out of the penalty box. Suffering a broken ankle in the offseason, Wilson’s 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, it’s 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 6’ 4” 210 pound winger should be able to hold his own. Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on Wilson’s 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.
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Pair of points Saturday
RWWashington Capitals
May 15, 2021
Wilson scored a goal on four shots, dished an assist and added three hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Bruins in Game 1.
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Back in game
RWWashington Capitals
May 8, 2021
Wilson (lower body) returned to Saturday's game versus the Flyers at the start of the second period, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
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Exits game after collision
RWWashington Capitals
Knee
May 8, 2021
Wilson (lower body) left Saturday's game against the Flyers in the first period after being involved in a collision, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Good to go
RWWashington Capitals
May 7, 2021
Wilson (upper body) will play Friday versus the Flyers, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Leaves game Wednesday
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Upper Body
May 5, 2021
Wilson (upper body) won't return to Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
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