Wilson notched his first multi-point game of the season Thursday, dishing two assists (one on the power play) in a win over the Flyers. Sure, they were secondary assists on insurance goals, but hey, they all show up the same on the back of your trading cards. It's well worth noting that despite still-slender ice time (12:07), Wilson got a chance on the man advantage, while his even-strength helper came on a Nicklas Backstrom goal.
Head coach Barry Trotz said he was asking Wilson to be smarter about his game while still remaining "edgy", Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. In the aftermath of Washington's overtime win over Toronto that was a last-second goal away from a loss due in no small part to his untimely penalty, Wilson said he's trying to be more aware of his antics and acknowledged that he had been "on the brink" of taking a penalty for much of the game. "It's tough nowadays to play that way and stay on that brink of penalty or not penalty," Wilson remarked. Still just 21-years-old, Trotz and the Capitals are encouraging the former first-round pick to focus on becoming a more well-rounded player, and although the early returns are not encouraging, the power forward still has time to grow into more than just a fourth-line enforcer. With just two assists in 13 games coupled with less than expected peripheral contributions like hits and penalty minutes, Wilson's value is limited even in deeper leagues until he shows the coach's enough to warrant a larger role in the offense.
Wilson left Saturday's game with a leg injury, Chuck Gormley of CSNwashington.com reports. Wilson initially left the game in the second period with an apparent injury, but tried to return later in the game only to exit it after just 18 seconds on the ice. More information regarding the severity of the injury should be available after the game.
Tom Wilson grabbed two assists during Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
Tom Wilson assisted on Andre Burakovsky's power-play goal during Washington's 3-1 win over the Islanders on Monday.
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