: Prospect Info:
2012 16th Overall - Tom Wilson, Right Wing
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06-23-2012, 04:24 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Lol, yeah I know right? Now that you mention it he's coming in with injury concerns so I guess we can throw durable Eric Fehr out the window.
Wilson's injuries this past season were a strained MCL and a broken knuckle from a fight, the latter of which was responsible for most of the time he missed. The season before, his one injury was severe--a severed tendon in his wrist. Two of those sound more like flukes to me rather than something indicating a future fragile player.
Eric Fehr had reoccurring shoulder problems in the seasons after he was drafted, which eventually derailed his career. Many draftees this year, incidentally, dealt with injuries,
some more serious
than Wilson's. When you're drafting teenagers--who are playing a physically demanding game while still growing into their bodies--judging what injuries mean for that player becomes more difficult.
My impression of Wilson is this...he's a safe pick. Based on most of the scouting reports I've read since the pick, most seem to feel that Wilson will be an NHLer at some point; the real question is what kind of player he's going to be. Plus, I get the impression that Wilson is facing a short development track, based on his tools right now. Picking the safe guy over a high-risk, high-ceiling player like Teravainen goes a bit against McPhee's stated philosophy of "swinging for the fences," but I wouldn't be surprised that with Faska and Zemgus off the board, with unexpectedly getting Forsberg at 11, with an utter absence of guys like Wilson in the system, with Wilson's assumed short development time, and with the idea that he'd most likely be getting an actual NHL player, McPhee felt he was a better fit for the Capitals as a prospect than other players left on the board. Drafting for need does occur when you're dealing with an either/or decision among question marks.
Although, I think I probably would have been happier with Maatta. Oh, well.
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