5 Reasons Why Justin Williams Deserves the Conn Smythe Trophy

5 Reasons Why the Conn Smythe Trophy Went to Justin Williams

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Justin Williams is one of the more deserving Conn Smythe Trophy winners in recent memory. He was brilliant for the Los Angeles Kings all postseason long, and has developed a habit of producing offense in big games throughout his entire career. Here are five reasons why Williams deserved the Conn Smythe.

5. Anze Kopitar Slowed Down

Anze Kopitar
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5. Anze Kopitar Slowed Down

Anze Kopitar
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Anze Kopitar racked up 19 points in the first two rounds of the playoffs, making him the easy favorite as Los Angeles' primary Conn Smythe candidate. However, he then slowed down dramatically and scored just seven points in the final two rounds of the playoffs (12 games). Kopitar's name essentially being removed from consideration due to inconsistency played a big role in Williams taking home the trophy.

4. Jonathan Quick Wasn't Great

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4. Jonathan Quick Wasn't Great

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Jonathan Quick is typically an excellent playoff goaltender, but he struggled fairly often this year. In a reversal of the Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup run, it was the offense carrying Quick through the playoffs. The goalie is almost always a top contender for the Conn Smythe on Cup-winning teams, but Quick's relatively subpar play just cleared the path even more for Justin Williams.

3. Williams' Offensive Production

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3. Williams' Offensive Production

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The 2014 postseason was the most productive of Williams' career in goals, assists and points. Despite getting less than 17 minutes of ice time per game — a somewhat meager total in comparison to LA's other top forwards — he finished second in the NHL in playoff scoring.

2. Williams' Consistency

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2. Williams' Consistency

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Consistency was a knock against Kopitar's Conn Smythe case, but it only helps Williams'. His point distribution across all four series was 6, 5, 7 and 7. He created chances game in and game out despite lesser linemates than Kopitar and Jeff Carter, and never entered a real scoring slump. Williams was a constant contributor from Game 1 against the San Jose Sharks through Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

1. Williams' Big Goals

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1. Williams' Big Goals

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Williams has become known as "Mr. Game 7," and it's no fluke; there may not be a more productive and reliable player in the NHL when the stakes get high. In the four games in which LA eliminated their opponents this postseason, Williams had six points. He was especially brilliant in Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks, a game which many assumed would ultimately decide the Stanley Cup winner.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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