Tom Wilson Joins the Caps’ 20-Goal Club

Posted March 14, 2019

(Caps Outsider)

Capitals forward Tom Wilson scored his 20th goal of the season on Thursday in a 5-2 win against the Flyers, marking not only his first 20-goal season, but continuing what can only be described as his breakout season.

To put it in perspective: In 52 games this season, Wilson has set a career high in points, surpassing last season’s 35 points – in 26 fewer games.

Of course, Wilson was suspended 14 games – reduced from 20 – earlier in the season, then made up for lost time once he came back.

Wilson said he credits good linemates for his offensive surge.

Assuming the 24-year-od Wilson is just scratching the surface of his offensive potential, the six year contract, which is paying him $5.17 million a year on average, is looking like a bargain.

Jakub Vrana hit the 20-goal mark on Tuesday. Next up: Brett Connolly, who scored twice on Thursday for 19 on the season. The Caps stuck him on the ice for extra shifts at the end of the game, trying to get him the hat trick. Alex Ovechkin has 46 goals this season, while T.J. Oshie has 21. Nicklas Backstrom (18) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (18) are also within striking distance of 20.

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