According to a Caps spokesperson, Washington right wing Tom Wilson suffered an ankle injury in Ontario during a fall. Doctors in Toronto are currently evaluating him. The Capitals’ medical staff has been in touch with Wilson and the doctors. The team will know more about the extent of his injury in the next couple of days.
The 20-year-old Wilson just finished his rookie NHL season with Washington in 2013-14, totaling three goals and 10 points while playing in all 82 games and racking up 151 penalty minutes.
Should Wilson not be ready for the start of training camp or the regular season, it would obviously put a crimp in plans to slide him up the depth chart. Because of the team’s depth on the right side, Wilson spent his entire season on the team’s fourth line and averaged just 7:56 in ice-time per night as a teenager in the NHL.
Washington believes Wilson has greater upside, and the Caps have greater needs at other positions such as center and possibly at left wing as well. If the Capitals were to thin the herd on the right side with a deal to address shortcomings at other positions, it would also alleviate a logjam at the position and enable Wilson to move higher on the depth chart and in the lineup.
Until more is known about Wilson’s condition and long-term availability, any such plans could be put on hold. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Wilson’s condition and his recovery.