Jeremy Williams: To Be or Not to Be

Melissa HanschellCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2008


By Melissa Hashemian

Normally I wouldn't boast on the talent of others, especially after losing an embarrassing game, yet I'll make an exception for Jeremy Williams' sake.

The 5'11", 188lb Regina native has performed at his exceptional best since coming up from the Toronto Marlies on December 7th.  His quick wrist shots and impressive speed have wowed analysts and driven net-minders around the league crazy.

After an excruciating 8-2 loss to the Dallas Stars last night, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about Williams' efforts over the past few weeks. He's been unstoppable posting five goals and two assists in the seven games he's played so far this season. That calculates to one point in every game he's played as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

Great skating abilities, a hot pair of hands, and a killer shot are Williams' forte to his acclaimed success on the ice. He is +4 on the year and stands amongst the highest in scoring percentages (29.4) in the league. He is probably one of the best, if not THE best. 

He possesses an intoxicating talent that is sometimes difficult to find nowadays. This 24-year-old is a rising star on the run and he'll be spinning around a goalie in a town near you very soon.

Williams, selected 220th overall in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft is used to bad fortune when it comes to this hockey club. In the 2007-08 season, he managed to play 18 games, while only picking up two goals for a total of two points.

Things have changed over the past year however, as his confidence seems to have caught up with him.  He registered, and led the Marlies with 11 goals and three assists for 14 points in 19 games for the start of the season. So when he was recalled from the Marlies, he waisted no time racking up the goals.

Since collecting two points (one goal, one assist) in his first NHL game of the season against the New York Islanders on December 8th, Jeremy Williams has been hotter than hot, showing grit and determination with every shift he plays.

Replacing Lee Stempniak with Williams in the Jason Blake-Dominic Moore line has definitely improved the line offensively, providing them with more scoring opportunities and a more productive front overall.

The chemistry between these three players is phenomenal. They're all in the right places at the right time.

Having Stempniak on the line only brought inconsistency, so putting Williams in there was the right move for organizational and productivity purposes. 

If things continue to go well for this young forward, we can be sure to see him on the team's roster for years to come. Jeremy Williams is so good right now, he puts Shakespeare in his place.