Today, the Washington Capitals signed their second first round draft pick Thomas Wilson to a three-year, $2.5 million deal. The deal is a two-way contract in which Wilson will make $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.
Wilson, one of the most physical players in this years draft class, was drafted 16th overall out of the OHL. He currently plays on the OHL's Plymouth franchise where last season he was voted Best Body Checker by the OHL's Western Conference Coaches.
Many believe that Wilson, like the Capitals other first round pick Filip Forsberg, will stay with his current OHL team in Plymouth. Wilson needs to grow a little bit more as a hockey player. While being aggressive and tough is good, it is also important to channel that aggression to the right moments.
Wilson is a very aggressive hitter and is a threat to turn out the lights on anybodies night at any given moment. The problem is, however, is that Wilson needs to learn when it is and is not a good time to bring the pain. In 49 games last season for Plymouth, Wilson amassed 141 penalty minutes.
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Source: NBC Sports