Capitals prospect Tom Wilson has been suspended five games for his actions in a game over the weekend with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Washington’s first-round pick (16th overall) from last year’s entry draft received a five minute major penalty for crosschecking and a game misconduct for the hit from behind in a 7-3 loss Saturday against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Wilson did not play in Plymouth’s game on Monday, and the five-game suspension was announced Wednesday according to an OHL spokesman.
“I talked to the Caps a little bit and back at junior, they wanted me to focus on developing my offensive game,” the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Wilson said last week at Capitals training camp.
“I mean I’m still playing hard and I’m still getting penalty minutes. They’re just not through the roof like last year. So I’m just working on my offensive game down at Plymouth. I mean if I have to stick up for my teammates, I will. But I’m just worrying about putting the puck in the net right now.”
Wilson impressed Capitals management at during his four-day stay at training camp last week, but the 18-year-old was returned to Plymouth last Wednesday.
In his first two games back in the OHL, Wilson was held without a point while collecting one fighting major, 20 penalty minutes, a game misconduct and now a five-game suspension.