Publish Date: 05/27/2022
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
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Right-winger for the Washington Capitals, Tom Wilson, Toronto, Ontario, will be out of action for the first three months of the 2022–23 National Hockey League regular season. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a 4-2 Capitals win over the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida.
Wilson injured his ACL while trying to bodycheck MacKenzie Weegar, Florida Panthers defenseman. Wilson missed and crashed into the corner boards. Since then, he has had a successful surgery.
Wilson opened the scoring with the power-play at 3:47 in the first period of the 4-2 Capitals’ May 3 win. In an all-Canadian goal, he scored from Anthony Mantha, Quebec’s right-winger, and Justin Schultz, Kelowna, British Columbia’s defenseman. Wilson didn’t get much playoff action after the injury, with only two shots on goal and three shifts in the one minute 31 seconds, before sub coming to his injury. Check out the top new sportsbooks for betting on the NHL!
Wilson scored 24 goals and had 28 assists during the regular season of the 2021-22 National Hockey League. This was a career-high. Wilson was a +13 (a record high), with 98 penalty minutes, 10 power-play points (a career-high), five game-winning goals (tied to a career highest), 151 shots in goal, 22 faceoff wins and 55 blocked shots. He also had 240 hits, 36 takeaways, and 44 giveaways. Wilson scored a shorthanded goal on November 26 in a Capitals 4-3 win over the Panthers, and another on February 28 in a Capitals 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Wilson is well-known for his penalty minutes. He has had 1221 penalty minutes in 647 games. In 2020-21, he was the NHL’s leader with 96 penalty minutes. Wilson has been known for many suspensions throughout his NHL career. The big question will be the effect of losing an enforcer like Tom Wilson? Can the Capitals find a suitable replacement? At least they have the entire offseason to come up with a plan.