Justin Williams: 2017-18 By The Numbers
- Age: 36
- NHL Seasons: 19
- Games Played: 82
- Scoring: 16g—35a—51 points
- Ice Time: 16:35 all situations
- 5-on-5 Stats: 55.5% CF, 53.68% GF
- Contract Status: Under contract through 2018-19, AAV $4,500,000
Making the Grade
“We’re done losing” may not have rung true with the Carolina Hurricanes this season but Justin Williams did his part to prevent it from happening. The veteran forward returned to Raleigh for the first since 2008-09 and picked up right where he left off. He registered 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists), a three-point improvement from his performance with the Washington Capitals just a season ago. At this rate, Jaromir Jagr has some competition for the title of “ageless wonder.”
Williams was moved up and down in the line-up as was typical of Bill Peters who was rarely satisfied with his lines in any situation. Williams spent a decent amount of time with players such as Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal but hopefully, with a new coach in town, a permanent home can be found for him.
Although he did not wear a “C” on his chest, Williams was clearly the leader that he was brought in to be. High praise from Cam Ward and others shows the impact Williams had in his first season back with the team he won the 2006 Stanley Cup with. Williams’ frustration after missing with the playoffs was palpable and the hope is that it will rub off on the soon to be reconstructed team.
Williams’ cap hit was a concern for some after the signing last offseason, but he has largely lived up to the financial numbers. He finished third on the team in scoring, two points ahead of Jeff Skinner. Williams will continue to play a vital role in the Canes top-nine heading into the 2018-19 season.
How do you grade Justin Williams’ 2017-18 season?
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A - outstanding performance
B - above average performance
C - average performance
D - below average performance
F - significantly below average performance