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Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 5:52 pm
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WilliamsBy: Adam Gretz

The Penguins signed Jason Williams to a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday afternoon worth $600,000 if he makes the NHL roster. It's not exactly a move that's going to send shockwaves through the NHL, but it could prove to be a good fit for the 10-year veteran as well as the Penguins.

Throughout his career -- which he's spent bouncing between Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Columbus and Dallas -- Williams has been a solid power play specialist that can chip in some points on the man-advantage. Of the 93 goals he's scored in his career, 32 have come on the power play, while nearly 40 percent of his total points over the past six seasons have come while playing playing with the man-advantage.

And that has to make him at least somewhat attractive to the Penguins, assuming he can earn a spot on the NHL roster.

Despite an impressive talent level, and what should be a strong power play unit on paper, the Penguins have been a below average team on the power play for about three years now. Going back to the 2008-09 season their power play has finished 20th ('08-09), 19th ('09-10) and 25th ('10-11) in the NHL, and is coming off of a disastrous performance in last season's opening round playoff loss to Tampa Bay, where the Penguins converted on just one of their 35 power play opportunities.

Because the Penguins have so much invested in their core players, particularly their top-three centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal, they don't have the luxury of adding high-profile wingers in free agency or through trades. Instead, they're forced to search for veterans that can come at a bargain price to fill in around their big three. Perhaps Williams can be one of those players that gives them the potential for a small boost in one area -- like the power play -- even if his game has other flaws.

Earlier this offseason the Penguins signed Steve Sullivan to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. He's also been a productive player on the power play during his career, even though he's been limited by injuries in recent years.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

Jason Williams isn't going to score the points he did in Detroit but he will make the team and be a good last liner. Hes good on the powerplay and a decent penalty killer. He lacks tougness and good skating ability. He will play with Adams and Asham on the last line. Craig Adams is a decent fighter and a good penalty killer. He isn't know for scoring to much points in a year. Also Arron Asham is a decent fighter. He can score a good amount of points if hes healthy. Steve MacIntyre never scored more than 5 points in his career. Hes also been the teams enforcer. But this season he looks to help a team win a cup. My suggestion of the Penguins lineup:


Neal - Crosby - Kunitz
Sullivan - Malkin - Dupuis
Cooke - Staal - Kennedy
Williams/MacIntyre - Adams - Asham 

Letang - Orpik
Michalek - Martin
Niskanen - Lovejoy/Engelland

Fleury - Johnson       
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Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

Wait.  What?  You expect the Penguins to be able to trade a 15-30 point guy away for a high pick?  You appear to have left your reality and gone off to some crazyland, much as those Maple Leaf fans I notice.  You can have your single conditional draft pick, nothing more in the NHL trade deadline.



Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

Hopefully he can help Pittsburgh in anyway possible. Smart signing though, if he doesnt workout, then we can use him as trade bait.



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

It looks to me like the Penguins are signing players that have good numbers on the PP. The MOST OBVIOUS spot in their performances where they definately need help. I can't see any other place they would need help. So it's obvious they are intent to at least getting to the middle of the pack, but it should be better with their talent, and isn't for some strange reason. I think 1 reason is, they are too predictable. 1-35 on the PP against the Lightning? No wonder they couldn't close out that series. They are the Rodney Dangerfield"s of hockey. And nobody will respect their PP unless they start improving it! They have to skate around more instead of Malkin always hangin on the right wall, if he's not at the right point. Of course, they don't lose that series to Tampa if Sid or Geno is in the lineup, being up 3-1.

CUP4PENS




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:32 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

Highly doubtful.
I look at this signing as a depth signing more than anything else.



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Can Jason Williams find a role with Penguins?

The problem with the Pens PP isn't the players, it's the design.  It's actually painful to watch them with the man advantage. It's way to static, Malkin and a D-man play pitch and catch until Gino fires a one timer. The other option they like is to give it to Sid down low and he tries a low % long back door pass through the seam, usually to Letang. They don't move around enough to suck in the PK guys or get them running around.  They also seldom if ever dump the puck, they try to skate it in which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't do it so slowly.  On the PP my Pens usually hit the offensive zone skating at the speed of smell. If Williams really wants to help the PP he should say in the first practice "Hey donkeys your PP is shite"


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