The Los Angeles Kings have one of the more marquee rosters in the NHL. Though their roster isn’t completely loaded with stars, there are quite a few big names that were a part of this team’s Stanley Cup run last year. But one of those names doesn’t get nearly as much credit as he should.
Justin Williams has always been that under-the-radar type of guy, throughout his entire career. He was that guy last year for the Kings, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. This season, he’s continued to put up steady numbers while receiving very little credit.
We haven’t seen as much from Williams in the goal scoring department as we’re used to, with at least 20 in each of his last two, but he’s been very good nonetheless. His 31 points are fourth on the team. That total includes 21 assists, which is good for second, behind Anze Kopitar.
As the Kings have found their game as the season has worn on, Williams has gotten better. He’s been pretty consistent for much of the year, but it wasn’t until the end of March into early April that we saw his numbers really start to take off this year.
The turning of the calendar from March to April included a seven-game point streak from Williams. Seven of his 31 points have come since the month of April started. Four of those seven have come from setting up his teammates, which he’s done an exceptional job of this season.
This entire Kings team has obviously been there before, as their roster remains largely unchanged from their championship season last year. But having a player like Williams on the roster will still be huge for them, given the consistency and the leadership he brings to the equation.