Williams finished third in team scoring in 2017-18 with 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists), cracking the 50-point plateau for just the sixth time in his 17-year NHL career. The Hurricanes brought back the veteran Williams this season in an effort to get back to the postseason, but they unfortunately fell short for the ninth consecutive year. Williams is a proven scorer and appears to have a lot left in the tank, but given his advancing age (he will be 37 years old next season), one has to wonder when his production will start to tail off. Looking ahead, he is set to enter the final year of a two-year contract with the Canes and should return to a similar top-six role come October.
Williams scored a goal and set up another in the first period of his team's 3-2 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Williams concluded the season as a 50-point player thanks to a strong game to end the year. He's been quite consistent in terms of points in the past five years, scoring between 43 and 52 points per year. But this season saw him go heavy on the assists, notching 35 for his highest total since 2012. What kind of value he has will be determined by his role next year, as he'll turn 37 in the first week of the 2018-19 season.
Williams extended his current point drought to four games Thursday against the Coyotes. Overall, Williams has been a positive addition for the Canes this season, as he's just five points away from cracking the 50-point barrier for the sixth time in his 17-year career. However, he's been held off the scoresheet in 11 of his past 16 games, so he's pulled a major disappearing act down the stretch -- at precisely the time Carolina needed him most, ensuring the team will once again be on the outside looking in at playoff time. The 36-year-old Williams could be looking at his swan song next season as he enters the final year of his two-year contract.
Williams scored a goal on four shots and added an assist in a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday. Williams' veteran presence may not carry the Hurricanes to the playoffs, but he's done his best in his return to Carolina. The 36-year-old now has 44 points in 68 games, including 12 on the power play. Clearly there's still life left in his legs, and also the potential for him to help out some fantasy owners.
Williams scored two goals and added an assist during Thursday's 4-1 win over Philadelphia. The veteran had missed the scoresheet in each of the past five games, so this was an overdue offensive outburst. Williams is now up to 12 goals and 41 points for the campaign, and there's probably still positive regression ahead of his 7.9 shooting percentage. It wouldn't be shocking if he posted serviceable numbers through the end of the season and provided value as a secondary scorer for fantasy owners in deeper settings.
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