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Data Shows Capitals’ Tom Wilson Truly Lives ‘Rent Free’ In Critics’ Heads



Tom Wilson

Throughout his career, Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson has developed into one of the NHL’s most popular players — for better or worse. He’s a skilled fighter and top-6 winger who’s unafraid to drop the gloves and knows how to get under other people’s skin. At the same time, controversial plays and a tough reputation earn him criticism from fans and teams alike.

Numbers do reveal, though, that Wilson truly lives in the heads of haters “rent-free.”

Survey Shows Tom Wilson Leads Most Trolled NHL Players

Data compiled by reveals that the Capitals tough guy receives the most negative reception across social media. The analysis examined 250,000 social media posts of the top 20 most discussed NHL athletes, as well as the percentage of positive and negative comments from fans.

This chart breaks down each player’s mentions and percentage of positive, negative and neutral feedback. Wilson leads with 47.9 percent negative criticism over 19,020 mentions. New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin ranks second with 47.8 percent of his 11,350 mentions being unfavorable.

NHL Player total mentions positive neutral negative
Tom Wilson 19020 36.8% 15.3% 47.9%
Artemi Panarin 11350 41.7% 10.5% 47.8%
T.J. Oshie 8880 45.9% 8.8% 45.3%
William Nylander 10550 41.8% 14.8% 43.4%
Evander Kane 5150 49.5% 8.5% 43.4%
Phil Kessel 4320 43.4% 15.2% 41.4%
Patrik Laine 3939 48.1% 13.5% 38.4%
Patrick Kane 6540 47.3% 15.4% 37.3%
Brad Marchand 19980 51.0% 11.8% 37.2%
Alex Ovechkin 15070 50.9% 12.7% 36.4%
Vladimir Tarasenko 6030 51.1% 13.1% 35.8%
Jack Hughes 4410 51.9% 16.5% 31.6%
Kris Letang 5010 54.2% 14.3% 31.5%
David Pastrnak 13630 60.6% 9.6% 29.8%
Brendan Gallagher 14030 51.0% 19.4% 29.6%
Evgeni Malkin 9730 58.1% 12.4% 29.5%
P.K. Subban 4320 54.4% 17.7% 27.9%
Carey Price 44950 52.2% 22.6% 25.2%
Taylor Hall 20840 57.9% 17.8% 24.3%
Connor McDavid 27890 59.2% 19.1% 21.7%

Wilson faced significant criticism near the end of the 2020-21 campaign following a controversial fight with Panarin that ended his season. After the play, New York issued a statement on the play, calling out Wilson as well as NHL Department of Player Safety head George Parros. Wilson didn’t receive a suspension but was fined $5,000 for roughing Pavel Buchnevich.

Wilson was taken 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and has dished 91 goals, 221 points and 1,123 PIM through 569 career games.

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Who the hell hates TJ Oshie?!

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