Former Capitals head coach Adam Oates once described Tom Wilson as a “man child.” Back then, the 6-foot 4-inch Wilson was a talented, baby-faced teenager and had a physicality that few in the NHL could match. Now, years later, Wilson is one of the best power forwards in the league and is somehow even more intimidating, fully growing into his frame after adding 26 pounds of muscle since his draft year.
On Wednesday against the Penguins, Wilson’s full array of skills were on display. The Toronto native scored a goal on consecutive shifts in the first period – one on a wrister that overpowered Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith and the second going five-hole while crashing the net. Wilson also had one of the biggest hits of the game after putting Jared McCann in the spin cycle.