Wilson is a Victim of His Own Reputation

Posted December 1, 2018

(Caps Outsider)

Death, taxes and a controversial Tom Wilson hit.

In Friday’s 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils, the top line winger was given another match penalty, this one for a “illegal check to the head.”

The main point of contact was clearly the shorter.

And, again, people were already calling for suspensions and calling it a reputation call. This one seems like it is the latter.

Even the person Wilson hit admitted he didn’t get hit in the head.

Capitals head coach Todd Reirden had strong words in defense of Wilson.

Is the hit questionable? Yes. Is the hit dumb? Yes. Is the hit head-to-head? No.

The reality is, because it is Tom Wilson, everyone already has there preconceived notions.

Frank Seravalli from TSN sums it up perfectly.

This hit is interference, at best. Wilson was given a match penalty because Seney was “hurt” and went to the locker room. Seney came back and played in the third period. If anybody else made this hit, they would have been given a interference minor and possibly a fine.

But instead, Wilson got a match penalty because it was him who made this hit. Wilson straddles the line, but not every hit he makes is predatory.