The Washington Capitals are entering a crucial Game 5 against the New York Rangers on Friday night and the team will be looking to a new face to provide a spark. Capitals head coach Adam Oates said that 19-year-old Tom Wilson will make his team and postseason debut in tonight’s game. Wilson was the team’s first-round selection (16th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
According to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, Wilson will be skating with the fourth line alongside Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) May 10, 2013
Wilson was playing with the Hershey Bears after working with OHL Plymouth earlier in the season. Hershey was eliminated from their quest for the Calder Cup and now Wilson will get his chance on the sport’s biggest stage.
It would be unfair to expect Wilson to be a difference maker, but getting him involved now will prove to be great experience for the young player moving forward.