The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Tom Wilson to a six-year contract, Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Wilson's contract will carry an average annual value of $5.17 million.
"Tom is an invaluable member of our team and we are pleased that he is committed to sign a long-term deal at this point in his career," said MacLellan. "Tom is a unique player in this league, in that he plays a physical game, leads by example, and contributes in every facet of the game. At 24 years of age, he is just entering his prime and we believe that he will only continue to excel and improve as a player."
Wilson recorded 35 points last season (14g, 21a), a career high, and his 14 goals doubled his previous season high of seven set in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season. Wilson recorded 33 points at even strength, one on the power play and one shorthanded. The Toronto native set career highs in shots (123), time on ice per game (15:59), and blocked shots (51). Wilson's 50.52 shot attempt percentage at five-on-five (1,065 shot attempts for, 1,044 against) was the second-highest single season total of his career and ranked fourth among Capitals forwards. Additionally, the 6'4", 218-pound forward recorded 134:43 on the penalty kill, the third-most among Capitals forwards.
During the Capitals' Stanley Cup run, Wilson set career playoff highs in both goals (five) and assists (10). Wilson recorded a point in 11 of his 21 playoff games, including four multi-point efforts and three points (2g, 1a) in the Capitals' five Stanley Cup Final games against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Wilson also recorded 187 penalty minutes last season, which made him the only player over the last eight seasons to record at least 35 points and 185 penalty minutes. Wilson's 187 penalty minutes ranked second in the NHL, and his 804 total penalty minutes since his 2013-14 rookie season lead the league. Additionally, Wilson drew 37 minor penalties during the 2017-18 season, the third-most in the NHL. Since the 2013-14 season, Wilson has drawn 178 minor penalties, the second-most in the NHL during that span (Nazem Kadri: 201), and his 2.26 drawn penalties per 60 minutes of play ranks first among all skaters with at least 150 games played since the 2013-14 season. Additionally, Wilson's 1,144 hits since the 2013-14 season ranks fifth among all NHL forwards.
Wilson was selected by the Capitals in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has earned 104 points (35g, 69a) in 391 career NHL games with Washington. Of the 2012 draft class, Wilson ranks second among forwards in games played and seventh in points.
In the 2016-17 season, Wilson recorded 19 points (7g, 12a) in 82 games. Wilson made his NHL debut in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers on March 10, 2013. He is one of just four players in franchise history to make his NHL debut during the playoffs (Chris Felix: 1988; Grant Jennings: 1988; Trent Whitfield: 2000).
Internationally, Wilson has represented Team Canada at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, earning a gold medal after recording three goals in five games. Additionally, Wilson won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.