The draft, hands down, is the best time of the hockey season. Maybe I'm just saying that because the Wild haven't been seen post-season action since 2008, but that is besides the point.
The Wild hold seven picks this year, including the 7th overall pick. The last time that Wild had a pick this high was when the team selected Benoit Pouliot 4th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (the beginning of the Wild's awful draft record, as seen by our pal's inspiration for their blog's name...).
However, since GM Chuck Fletcher and Assistant GM Brett Flahr arrived, the team has started to see some promise. Some of these names include the Christ-like (or whoever you pray to) Mikael Granlund, Johan Larsson, Charlie Coyle and the recently drafted Jonas Brodin.
So, on June 22nd-23rd, we will all sit down in front of the television/computer and watch the draft. But if you are wondering, "who's who", then you haven't been reading HW because thats my job.
So without further ado:
Introducing our 2012 NHL #25 Draft Prospect - Tom Wilson
Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2012 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.
Right Wing / Plymouth Whalers
Mar 29 1994
|2011/12 - Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
|2011/12 - Playoffs
Accomplishments & Awards:
|2011/12||CHL Top Prospects Game|
|Plymouth Whalers Playoff MVP
|Plymouth Whalers Scholastic Player of the Year
|2010/11||U17 WHC Gold Medal|
Prospect Jersey (What Would They Look Like In a Wild Jersey?)
Summarized Scouting Report
Punishing winger with decent hands and promise in slot anchoring ... he is able to be slotted anywhere in the lineup ... strong, decent straight ahead skater ... energetic, physical play ... brings plenty of size, grit, and physicality ... not afraid to drop the gloves ... does a good job wearing down opposing teams ... has merit down low and in front ... shot certainly has a great deal of speed behind it ... demonstrated some ability to put the puck in the net ... he’s good in the corners on the cycle ... works hard at both ends of the ice
Below average agility ... needs to work on his release ... won't ever put up offensive numbers, has limited offensive skills ... average hands ... poor puck skills
Bottom six agitator with offensive upside
#10 Tom Wilson 2 goals vs Kitchener (2012-04-14) (via TVhockeyprospect)
Where Does He Fit In The Wild?
Although he would be a welcomed addition, we need offense and that is the one thing Wilson has a big question mark on
Every year, there is a prospect or two that people dub the next Milan Lucic. The prospect that is all physical but shows little offensive stats, but puts it all together and becomes a top six forward that also brings a game-changing physical game.
Its very hard to find, but every team wants that player. Tom Wilson is this year's candidate.
He is a physical force that can skate fast and has the ability to be a presence in front of the net. He can grind his opponents down, play well along the boards, and even has a heavy shot to compliment his physical game.
But as much as teams want the next Milan Lucic, they could very well just end up with a Colton Gillies (hurts me to say it...), a bottoms six player that plays physical but not much else. There are huge question marks on Wilson's hands and puck skills.
But during the playoffs, Wilson scored 13 points in 13 games, giving a glimpse of hope that he may just have what it takes. But then again, it was only 13 games.
Now will a team want to gamble and spend their first round pick on Wilson? He is a prospect that will be most interesting to watch on draft day.
Special thanks to HFBoards, Future Considerations, The Hockey Writers, TSN, OHLProspeccts and The Scouting Repor