Washington Capitals right-winger Tom Wilson will be the next NHL player to have a disciplinary hearing. Wilson hearing will take place today; the hearing is for a hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn on Tuesday night.
The hit came at 15:17 of the second period. Wilson was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. Wilson was also given a second five-minute major for the fight that happened after the hit.
It has been reported that Schenn does not have a concussion, and is questionable for tonight Flyers vs. Blue Jackets game.
Information on Tom Wilson (NHL.com)
- 1st round draft pick in 2012
- 78 penalty minutes (5th highest in the NHL)
- 34 NHL games, and 4 points
- Voted as the ‘Best Body Checker’ in the OHL’s 2012 Western Conference Coaches Poll and was a runner-up for the ‘Hardest Worker’ distinction.
Wilson seems to have the enforcer tag, and in today’s NHL that is not the best tag to carry. It seems to me that Wilson is on the Capitals to be a body-guard. The 6’4″ 210 pound 19 year-old is the latest NHL player to forget the correct way to play the game.
The hits keep coming and so will suspensions, but suspensions are not working. What do you feel the NHL needs to do to fix this mess?
UPDATE **** NHL Player Safety has decided not to suspend Wilson ****
Here is the NHL’s explanation