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FORMER NHLER CAM JANSSEN COMES TO TOM WILSON'S DEFENSE AFTER DUST UP WITH BUCHNEVICH, PANARIN

MAY 4, 2021  (10H33)      MIKE ARMENTI
The high-velocity, low-caution game of Tom Wilson has been a pretty hot topic around the NHL for some time, with many questioning whether a player who plays so recklessly belongs in the NHL or not.

On Monday evening, Tom Wilson seemed to be up to his same old tricks, taking liberties on a downed and vulnerable Pavel Buchnevich in the Washington goal crease and then delivering a massive body slam to elite winger Artemi Panarin, resulting in Panarin suffering an injury on the play, which will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Despite hordes of people calling for a lengthy suspension or even a permanent ban for Wilson after his latest indiscretion, there is at least one advocate for Wilson who has something to the contrary to argue.

Former NHL enforcer Cam Janssen appeared on TSN1050 on Tuesday morning to discuss the Wilson post-whistle scrum against the Rangers, cautioning folks to not go overboard in their judgement of the situation just because the name "Tom Wilson" is attached to it.

The way Janssen sees it, Wilson, who was out on the ice killing a penalty, was just giving the business to Buchnevich after jamming away at his netminder in the blue paint. His take on the subsequent exchange with Panarin was simply that Panarin was out of his depth and attacked a much stronger Wilson, who simply threw down his much smaller opponent.

Janssen admits that there is a lot to digest in the extracurricular activity, but chalks up the abuse on Buchnevich to any run-of-the-mill heated net front exchange after the whistle. While he acknowledges that Wilson did give Buchnevich a shot while he was down, he argues that Wilson, if he wanted to, had the opportunity to do substantial damage to Buchnevich, but instead just gives him a little shot before all hell breaks loose.

It's the Panarin slam that seems to have generated the most concern, specifically because the Rangers are now without arguably their best player from here on out. Janssen understands that it was a dangerous play, but mostly just because of Panarin's bucket coming off prior to the slam, leaving him very vulnerable. Again, he went back to how easy it would have been for Wilson to begin teeing off on guys if he wanted to do some real damage.

"There's like literally not one punch being thrown. It's all just throwing each other down - it's a wrestling match," Janssen began. "There was times where Tom could have took his gloves off and really, really did some damage on some guys, and he didn't do it. He just was big and strong and he threw down a smaller Panarin. Is it his fault that he's big and strong? No."

Janssen uses Josh Manson as a comparable for how physically imposing Wilson really is and suggested that if Manson had done the same, it wouldn't have generated nearly as much controversy.

The one thing that Janssen was critical of Wilson over was when he began taunting the Rangers' bench from the penalty box. It was not something he liked to see and claims that the move was bad karma.

On the subject of whether or not Wilson would be suspended for the play, Janssen admitted that he "probably" would, even though he probably doesn't deserve it in this specific case.

"It's ugly, but it wasn't THAT ugly. Again, really, the gloves are still on. It's just a bunch of guys throwing each other down and Tom's just a bigger guy."

The biggest issue here seems to be that there's scrums in every single game. On any given night, these sorts of wrestling matches happen, often with a player tossing another down. It's not exactly a suspendable offense. If the league wants to suspend Wilson on the play, what do you call it? What would the suspension be for? Should the fact that Wilson has a history put him into his own category when making disciplinary decisions?

"He's done some stupid, stupid things," Janssen said."This really wasn't THAT dumb. He just gets up and he's in that crazy mode - so I don't know man, it's very bizarre.

"It was awkward and scary-looking, but it wasn't that malicious on Wilson's part. It just really wasn't."

Obviously, we will not have to wait long to find out whether Wilson will have a hearing or not. My gut says yes, but Janssen does make a compelling argument.. we'll have to just wait and see how the gavel falls.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
+4
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
+2
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
+2
52283967
MITCH MARNER
+1
54204767
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
50402565
PATRICK KANE
54154964
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
+1
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+2
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
+2
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
ALEX DEBRINCAT
50292352
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 8, 2021 G A PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
1 3 4
REILLY SMITH
3 - 3
TIM STUTZLE
3 - 3
ALEXANDER WENNBERG
3 - 3
CONNOR BROWN
1 2 3
PHIL KESSEL
1 2 3
PAVEL BUCHNEVICH
- 3 3
SETH JONES
- 3 3
LEON DRAISAITL
2 - 2
CHRISTIAN DVORAK
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS