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Capitals sign first-round pick Tom Wilson

Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 9:41 AM / News

NHL.com

The Washington Capitals on Thursday signed forward Tom Wilson, their top pick in last month's NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Wilson, 18, was drafted in the first round (No. 16) by the Capitals after entering the draft rated 15th overall among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He had nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points along with 141 penalty minutes in 49 games with Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League in 2011-12, then added seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 OHL playoff games.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pounder won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring three goals in five games. He also won gold with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, recording one assist and six penalty minutes in four games.

Wilson recently completed his first Capitals Development Camp last week and is expected to play for Plymouth of the OHL next season. He will earn $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level, with bonuses, after he turns pro.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game