Tom Wilson’s Actions Remain a Rorschach Test

Posted May 3, 2021

(Caps Outsider)

No, that wasn’t an earthquake that came out of New York around 8:30, it was just Tom Wilson shaking hockey Twitter to its core once more. But depending on your perspective, you either saw it is a goon doing goon things, or a modern day tough guy sticking up for his goalie after a few pokes to the pads looking for a loose puck.

In case you hadn’t seen the second period play, here you go.

In addition to the actions surrounding Wilson, there seemed to be a kick from Pavel Buchnevich towards Caps’ netminder Vitek Vanecek.

But before people saw the whole incident, the takes started rolling in. Both pro and anti-Wilson.

The examples go on and will continue to go on. Even the respective coaches in David Quinn and Peter Laviolette had different thoughts.


The reality, like in most cases, likely lies somewhere in the middle. Does Wilson overstep? The answer without question is yes. His track record of suspensions supports that. Is he also a skilled player? Absolutely. There is a reason he was drafted in the first round and plays top-six minutes in Washington.

Is Wilson sometimes a victim of his reputation? Possibly. When else does the league release a video that they aren’t suspending a player? Does he also deserve extra scrutiny because of his long list of supplemental discipline? Possibly.

However once again, the decision will come down to the Department of Player Safety to handout a ruling. And depending on your perspective, it will either be way to0 long or nowhere near enough.

But that will be the final word, much to everyone’s dissatisfaction.