Tom Wilson was once a child and then had a glow up

Rachel Hopmayer
NBC Sports Washington

Right winger Tom Wilson has been with the Capitals since they drafted him at 16th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. In the six seasons and 454 NHL games since then, Wilson has tallied 144 points (57 G, 87 A) , +33 plus/minus rating, 934 penalty minutes and one heck of a glow up.

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In the first photo, you see 18-year-old Tom, playing for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) at the time. Willy ranked within the top 10 overall for 17 of 29 fitness tests in the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine, including tied for first overall for pull strength (312 pounds, tied Branden Troock, most recently of the ECHL's Maine Mariners). At 16th overall, the Washington Capitals opted for this 6'4" forward that weighed 194 pounds and was once voted "Best Body Checker" in the OHL.

In the second photo, you see Tom Wilson's most recent headshot for the Washington Capitals. Sometimes referred to as "Top Line Tommy," Washington's fan-favorite heartthrob has gone through quite the glow-up since first rocking the red.

Some of the most popular comments came from teammates and other famous hockey players. 

Andre Burakovsky chirped his teammate for even posting the two side-by-side.

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Fellow Caps right wing T.J. Oshie had a self-depricating comment on Willy's facial hair situation.

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Rounding out the golden replies is former Penguin and Coyote, now NHL media personality Paul "Biz Nasty" Bissonnette.

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We are just thankful to have been witnesses for the transformation. A caterpillar to a butterfly, if you will.

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