Washington Capitals: New Fan Guide to 2015-2016 (Part 1)

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Tom Wilson – #43


Position: Right Wing

Only a year older than Burakovsky at 21 years of age, Tom Wilson is also at a similar intersection in his hockey career. At 6’4″ and 210 lbs, Wilson has the build of the type of player that uses his strength and size to make plays happen.

He has mostly utilized it to settle on-ice confrontations so far in his career. If you’re like my wife and love seeing hockey fights, Tom Wilson is your guy. When the players on the ice are swarming angrily away from the puck, it’s usually Tom Wilson in the epicenter of the hornet’s nest.

SEE ALSO: Tom Wilson Must Tone it Down

Wilson gets kind of a bum rap around the league because he loves to throw his weight around. That looks to be changing this year where Tom will need prove his value on the third line by scoring more goals. Tom has shown flashes of being a player who can be of serious value offensively and will need to do so more consistently this year.

We recently got to see what his daily life is like away from the rink with teammate and buddy Michael Latta. Also, despite how big and bad Tom can be on the ice, absolutely nobody can look tough while holding a puppy. The Capitals again chose to participate in the team’s annual Caps Canine Calendar photo shoot benefiting an area animal rescue shelter Homeward Trails.

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