Justin Williams 

Justin Williams 

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In order for the Carolina Hurricanes to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008-09, they will need offensive contributions from a player they have decided to bring back to their organization. On July 1, the Hurricanes decided to sign Justin Williams of Cobourg, Ontario to a two year contract worth $9 million. 

Williams, a right winger, played 80 games for the Washington Capitals in 2016-17. He had 24 goals, 24 assists, 48 points, was a +14, had 50 penalty minutes, five power play goals, four game winning goals, 10 power play points, 167 shots on goal, 64 faceoff wins, 28 hits, 41 blocked shots, 37 takeaways and 44 giveaways. 

Where Williams has had his biggest impact in his career has been the postseason. In 140 playoff games, he has 36 goals and 58 assists for 94 points. Williams has also been a +29 with seven game winning goals. A three-time Stanley Cup champion, Williams was a major part of the Hurricanes team that beat the Edmonton Oilers in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. He also won two Stanley Cups with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and 2014, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2014 (where he was a NHL high +13). In the three years Williams won the Stanley Cup, he had 20 goals and 38 assists for 58 points in 71 playoff games.