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Wilson Called to Canada's Camp

Hockey Canada announced the invitation of a group of players to be invited to Calgary for Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship today, and Caps right wing prospect Tom Wilson is on the list.

Wilson is one of 37 players who will attend Canada’s camp from Dec. 11-13 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Hockey Canada will announce the final 23-man roster for the 2013 WJC Tournament at the conclusion of that camp.

Six of the 37 players invited to Hockey Canada’s camp are players who played for Team Canada at the 2012 WJC Tournament in Alberta. That Team Canada squad came away with a bronze medal for its efforts. Team Canada has earned a medal at each of the last 14 WJC tournaments. Canada’s last gold medal effort came in 2009 when it won its third consecutive gold.

Wilson was Washington’s second choice in the first round (16th overall) in last summer’s 2012 NHL Draft. A 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Toronto, Wilson is currently in his third season with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

After totaling nine goals and 27 points to go along with 141 penalty minutes in his draft season of 2011-12, Wilson has already put up five goals and 21 points in just 18 games this season. He also has 37 penalty minutes thus far in 2012-13. Wilson is tied for fifth on the Whalers in scoring this season, and he is tied for the team lead in assists.

Wilson participated in his first summer development camp with the Capitals last July, and he inked his three-year entry-level pact with Washington just days after the completion of camp.

Wilson is one of 13 first-round NHL Draft selections invited to participate in next week’s camp. At the conclusion of the Calgary camp, players will for Europe on Dec. 15 where it will play two pre-tournament games.

The 2013 World Junior Championship will be held in Ufa, Russia Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013.