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The Washington Capitals called up Tom Wilson and Joey Crabb from AHL Hershey after the Bears were eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs by Providence Wednesday night. The two players got the call as they were on the bus headed home and left for Kettler immediately after getting back early in the morning. Wilson then took line rushes in practice with the fourth line, maybe an indication that he could get a sweater for Game 5 Friday night at Verizon Center.
“I was just sitting one the bus,” Wilson explained, “I was pretty down after the loss and Doug Yingst [Hershey GM] called me up to the front of the bus and told me that I’d be going. It’s pretty cool. I was very excited. It was definitely a long morning with Crabby driving up here, but it’s good to be back here.”
The 19-year-old power forward talked about being mentally prepared to jump into the lineup if called upon. “Yeah, everyone’s gotta be ready, right? That’s the game of hockey, there’s always gonna be changes in an out. I’m coming in here with not too many expectations. I’m just going to work hard and see what happens.”
The Caps would be the third team Wilson suited up for in the last ten days. He finished his junior season when Plymouth was eliminated from their playoffs, joined Hershey for three games and scored a goal, and now he’s with the big club. Has it been a whirlwind for the teenager? “Yeah, it was a tough loss in London in the OHL, and then I got right up there in Hershey a few days later and jumped right into the playoffs there and learned a lot there. So, pretty much the same thing here — just coming in and trying to learn again.”
The 6’4″, 210 right winger had 23 goals and 35 assists (+36) with 104 PIMs in 48 games with OHL Plymouth with another seven goals and six assists in 13 playoffs games this season.
Hear all of Wilson’s comments, plus Brooks Laich on skating for the first time and Alex Ovechkin and others on the Game 4 loss and the outlook for Game 5.