The Washington Capitals select Thomas Wilson with their 16th overall selection.
Here’s the skinny on Wilson:
Wilson is a forward who brings a nice mix of aggression and puck skills and shows a lot of potential with the progression that his game has seen over the past few years. He is a very good skater for a guy his size and gets to where he needs to be, generating healthy amounts of speed. He is a great small space type player because of his strength and has surprisingly quick hands and immense size. He can generate offense down low off the cycle by powering his way to the net. He controls the boards with his power and reach and has a shot that is hard and quick. He will plant himself in front of the net and no defenseman in the OHL can move him. He is confident with the puck on his stick and is aggressive down low and along the boards. He is not just a big body as he plays the game with a very exciting level of meanness. He engages physically all over the ice, throwing his weight around and hitting opposition defensemen hard. He makes life difficult for everyone he goes up against and is not an easy guy to play against. He is defensively responsible and comes back to break up plays. He is willing and a beast when he drops the gloves, often manhandling those who make the mistake of going against him. Despite his lower offensive numbers this year, NHL teams know that he was not playing a top six role and getting top line minutes with his role on a balanced and deep Plymouth squad.
Here’s what one of our scouts had to say:
“Wilson is a forward who brings a nice mix of aggression and puck skills. You love the potential that he shows and the progression that his game has shown over the past few years.”