Throughout the season and throughout his career, Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been involved in several altercations, resulting in a long list of fines, ejections, and suspensions.
As a result, a lot of controversy and conversation surrounds Wilson’s every move and, of course, social media has a lot to say. In fact, according to a study conducted by Online Casino, the Capitals’ forward–a native of the greater Toronto area, in Canada–the name Tom Wilson created just over 19,000 impressions on social media. But not all talk is good talk. The study collected a sample of 250,000 social media posts about the 20 most talked about NHL players and analyzed the data to compile a list of the most loved and unloved NHL players. The resulting report noted that 47.9% of the sentiments expressed about Tom Wilson were negative ones while 15.3% were neutral and 36.8% were positive.
A lot of controversy surrounded Wilson’s hit on New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin, who ranked as the second most trolled forward on social media. His negative sentiment rate tallied just less than Tom Wilson’s–totaling 47.8%, but his positive sentiments total 41.7% and his neutral sentiments total 10.5%. Panarin’s total impressions were nearly half of Tom Wilson’s, too, coming in at 11,350 tallies.