Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Separated Shoulder for Williams

A very quick update on a player's injury generally doesn't reveal good news and the Los Angeles Kings were quick to announce that the injury that Justin Williams suffered on Monday night against the Flames was that of a separated shoulder.  In order for Williams to attempt to play in the playoffs, he will undergo rehab, which will keep him out of the Kings' line-up for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the first few games of the first round (3-to-4 weeks).

Williams was having a whale of a season in Los Angeles, scoring 22 goals and adding 35 assists (for 57 points) in 73 games, ranking him 52nd in pool scoring through Monday night.  This is still poised to be his best season in years, thanks in large part to a healthier season (until now) and a good set of linemates around him.  For his hard work and production, Williams did get a 4-year contract extension earlier this season.

ImplicationsNow, this injury doesn't have any direct consequence to the draft pool, but I know there are a number of teams with Williams in the sheet pool, including a team in the money.  Williams has had a good enough season to feature in the playoff pool and now could end up being a land mine selection with this injury.  The Kings are currently situated in 5th in West after Monday night's game, only three points up on 8th, 9th and 10th, so there is also fear that the team may not make it at all without one of their leading scorers.

Link to the Injury/News Page

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