QUOTE(Lou_Siffer @ February 19, 2007 - 11:05PM)
Alright this is getting so irritating that its driven me to start a rare thread. This Jason Williams talk is going completely overboard...its like the LGW plague. Over the course of just today ive seen it mentioned that people think Mr 1pt Kopecky is better than him, and now the ultimate slap in the face...2 AHL shmucks in Hussey and Ellis. Now the hot talk is waiving him! This is ridiculous, i am not a Jason Williams supporter and obviously want him traded but be serious about it. He is not THAT bad.
For the amount of money he's making he is. Think about what skills he has - he can skate well. That's it. His defensive play is average, his shot isn't going to scare anyone, his passing is alright but he doesn't have great vision to really capitalise. He's not big, can't hit and loses a lot more puck battles than he wins.
Now look at his stats: 56GP, 11G, 15A, 26 PTS. He avergaes almost 15 minutes per game, 3 of which are on the PP. He's been placed on the 4th line of late but the first half of this season he was skating with Robert Lang and Dan Cleary.
Hudler on the other hand gets 9 minutes of Ice time a game, just over 1 minute of PP time and he's played almost exclusivly on the 4th line and yet he has 2 goals less than Williams.
If Williams were making the league minimum I'd have a lot less problems with his play. But considering he's making 7 digits in a capped NHL, clearly you have to see how useless this guy is.
Putting him in the same category as Kopecky, Ellis or Hussey is really not that far off when you consider the skill-to-pay ratio.
Point blank, I'd love to see the Wings waive him or deal him for anything. And I mean anything
Williams had a good season last year, but he's mostly been a disappointment since his career began 7 years ago. Maybe he needs a change of scenery, I don't know. But he's terrible right now. He may not be the worst forward in the NHL, but he's in the discussion. The guy couldn't shoot a puck into the ocean standing on a pier. He has zero confidence, makes terrible decisions and finds a new way to turn the puck over almost every time he touches it. We hoped last season was finally his breakout, but it's starting to look like it was an outlier, and now he's regressing to the norm. For anything slightly north of a ham sandwich, the Wings should pull the trigger on a deal.
And I think Holland would be lying if he told you that he didn't think Williams would increase on what he did last year. It's the reason he didn't bother going after players like Guerin or Sykora and gave JW a huge raise.
But the fact that Williams got 20 points in his last 50+ games last year should have told you that his early success had more to do with Detroit's PP, the new rules and the year off most NHLers took (while players like JW were in Europe keeping in shape). As soon as the rest of the league got back in real game shape and adjusted to the new rules JW eroded back to the good AHL player he is.
Edited by Hank, 22 February 2007 - 09:47 AM.