Tom Wilson may finally be seeing the light at the end of the supplemental discipline tunnel.
The Washington Capitals forward is currently awaiting an appeal of his 20-game suspension, which the league handed down after Wilson laid out St. Louis forward Oskar Sundqvist in a pre-season game. If the punishment stands, it will cost Wilson a quarter of the season and roughly $1.26 million in salary. As he awaits word on his appeal, Wilson has been reflecting on his aggressive — some would say “dirty” — style of play, and admits that he probably needs to tone it down.
“Yeah, for sure,” Wilson said when asked if he needs to alter his play style, according to The Athletic. “The hitting aspect of the game is definitely changing a little bit and I have to be smart out there and I have to play within the rules.”
Wilson’s latest suspension is his fourth in the last two years, including a three-game ban in last season’s playoff run that eventually saw the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup. He has accumulated 806 penalty minutes in five seasons so far, but also chipped in with 35 goals and 69 assists as he slowly increased his average icetime up to almost 16:00 minutes per game in 2017-18.