Will Tom Wilson make a run for the Calder Trophy?
After his incredible season last year, in my eyes, it would be a big shocker if Tom Wilson wasn’t on the roster opening night for the Washington Capitals. Although he is dominating in the OHL, there is simply nothing left for him to prove to anyone there. It is pretty evident that he is too good to stay in the OHL and he is too young to be playing in the AHL, so playing for the Capitals seems to be one of the only realistic options left.
The 6’4″, 210-pound power forward played in 60 combined regular season and playoff games last year in the OHL. He racked up 32 goals for a total of 75 points and managed to make a name for himself around the league. For the second year in a row, Wilson was voted as the “best body checker” for the OHL’s Western Conference.
Even though he has spent limited time playing up with the Caps, he showed great potential in the playoffs last year against the New York Rangers. Although it is obvious how talented he is and there is no question whether he will be a full-time NHLer within the next couple years, the real question is… where does Wilson fit into the Capitals’ lineup? Would the Capitals make him a healthy scratch? Or do the Capitals look at trading Brouwer or Ward to make room? Yes I know, Brouwer is not a super realistic idea but it is an option.
Regardless of all of the difficulties that may occur while trying to get Wilson on the starting roster, there is no doubt in my mind that Tom Wilson will be playing in Chicago for the opening night. Likewise, I personally believe Wilson will have a season that will put him into talks for the Calder Trophy. Jonathan Huberdeau won this award last year.
Yes, this a very bold assumption, but if you compare Wilson’s stats to other forwards who have won this award within the last couple years (Huberdeau, Landeskog, and Skinner), Wilson has a very good chance to win the Calder trophy if he does in fact get a chance to play this season.
With his already incredible talent, Tom Wilson can only get better with time and some more NHL experience. Expect Tom Wilson to be a Calder Trophy finalist if he makes a spot on the starting roster.
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