Capitals send Wilson back to OHL club

Capitals send Wilson back to OHL club
January 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Tom Wilson admitted Wednesday it was a little nerve-racking waiting to know if he’d make the Capitals’ opening night roster.

A few hours later he was told he was heading back to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

“I’ve just gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Wilson said. “I’m trying to take in as much as I can and learn everything I can while I’m here.”

Wilson, 18, was drafted by the Capitals in the first round (16th overall) of last June’s draft , In 31 games with Plymouth he recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) and 59 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right wing was recalled by the Caps on Jan. 12 to participate in training camp. 

With Wilson no longer on the roster and Brooks Laich still nursing an apparent groin injury, here’s a look at the Capitals’ depth chart heading into Saturday night’s season opener in Tampa:

FORWARDS

Marcus Johansson - Nicklas Backstrom - Alex Ovechkin

Wojtek Wolski – Mike Ribeiro – Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Jay Beagle – Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Joey Crabb

DEFENSEMEN

Karl Alzner – John Carlson

Roman Hamrlik – Mike Green

Jeff Schultz – John Erskine/Jack Hillen

GOALTENDERS

Braden Holtby – Michal Neuvirth

Loose pucks: Brooks Laich did not skate on Wednesday and he appears to be doubtful for the season opener. … The Caps worked on their power play on Wednesday, with a first unit of Green [right point], Ovechkin [top of left circle], Backstrom [right half wall], Brouwer [low slot] and Johansson [right goal line]. The second unit had Carlson [right point], Ovechkin [top of left circle], Ribeiro [right half wall], Ward [low slot] and Wolski [right goal line].