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Tom Wilson on Embracing Enforcer Role with Capitals

by Chris Lingebach
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Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals and Lance Bouma #17 of the Calgary Flames fight during the first period at the Verizon Center on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tom Wilson #43 of the Washington Capitals and Lance Bouma #17 of the Calgary Flames fight during the first period at the Verizon Center on October 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - As the Capitals continue their late-season surge in an effort to squeak into the playoffs, 19-year-old forward Tom Wilson discussed how he’s embraced his role as an enforcer in Washington, and how he has more to offer whenever the team needs it from him.

Joining 106.7 The Fan’s Bill Rohland on Monday, Wilson, who was initially called up for the playoffs in 2013, fielded questions from Caps fans on Twitter, and from Rohland himself, covering all aspects of his game as it relates to the Capitals franchise in his first full season with the team.

Thus far, he’s been used primarily as an enforcer going out getting those tough minutes, and focusing on lighting a spark for Washington when one is needed. Through 72 games, he’s racked up 140 penalty minutes, which is nearing 2 minutes per game.

“I think the reason that the fans see all that right now – the physical side – I mean I do have it; it’s just a role I’m playing right now,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a pretty stacked team, as far as the power play, and skill guys – guys like Troy Brouwer, Backstrom, Ovi – you can go right down the list.

“I mean [Joel] Ward’s got 20-plus, all those guys are just playing so well, and they’re veteran guys. They were rookies once, and they had to earn their stripes, so right now I’m just kind of doing whatever I can to help the team out, and that physical play is something that I can kind of contribute to the team, so that’s what I’m doing right now.”

Make no mistake. Wilson does possess scoring ability whenever the Capitals are ready for him to demonstrate it.

Prior to being called up to the Caps, Wilson scored 35 goals, 56 assists for a total of 91 points in three seasons (125 games) with the Plymouth Whalers (2010-2013) of the Ontario Hockey League.

Caps fans can listen to the full interview in the audio clip above.

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