ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned forward Tom Wilson back to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Wilson, 18, who was drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh, has recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 31 games with Plymouth this season. The 6’4”, 210-pound forward was recalled on Jan. 12 to participate in the Capitals training camp.
Last year he collected 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and 141 penalty minutes in 49 games with Plymouth and added 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 13 OHL playoff games. The Toronto native was voted as the ‘Best Body Checker’ in the OHL’s 2012 Western Conference Coaches Poll and was a runner up for the ‘Hardest Worker’ category.
Wilson won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting 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. The Capitals signed Wilson to a three-year, entry level contract on July 19.