Tom Wilson admitted Wednesday it was a little nerve-racking waiting to know if he’d make the Capitals’ opening night roster.
A few hours later he was told he was heading back to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
“I’ve just gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Wilson said. “I’m trying to take in as much as I can and learn everything I can while I’m here.”
Wilson, 18, was drafted by the Capitals in the first round (16th overall) of last June’s draft , In 31 games with Plymouth he recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) and 59 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right wing was recalled by the Caps on Jan. 12 to participate in training camp.
With Wilson no longer on the roster and Brooks Laich still nursing an apparent groin injury, here’s a look at the Capitals’ depth chart heading into Saturday night’s season opener in Tampa:
Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin
Wojtek Wolski – Mike Ribeiro – Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle – Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Joey Crabb
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik – Mike Green
Jeff Schultz – John Erskine/Jack Hillen
Braden Holtby – Michal Neuvirth
Loose pucks: Brooks Laich did not skate on Wednesday and he appears to be doubtful for the season opener. … The Caps worked on their power play on Wednesday, with a first unit of Green [right point], Ovechkin [top of left circle], Backstrom [right half wall], Brouwer [low slot] and Johansson [right goal line]. The second unit had Carlson [right point], Ovechkin [top of left circle], Ribeiro [right half wall], Ward [low slot] and Wolski [right goal line].