Not even two months after his 19th birthday, Tom Wilson made the jump from the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
That was also less than a full year after the Capitals selected the gigantic right winger – he stands at 6’4″ and weighs 210 pounds – with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
He’s still eligible to return to junior hockey, where he would be the feature piece for the Whalers. However, he’s looking to earn full-time employment in the NHL, after getting a taste of what it’s like to play in the big leagues last spring.
“I played at this level last year and I felt good. I think I’m going to play in the league at some point,” Wilson told CSN Washington.
“I think the real question is whether it’s better to take my time and go back and develop a little bit more in Plymouth or make the jump and learn more up here. It’s not really my decision. I just have to make their decision tough to send me away.”