#9 Justin Williams
On July 1, 2015 the Washington Capitals signed Justin Williams to a two year, $6.5 million contract. After another second round playoff exit that came off the heels of a heartbreaking Game 7 defeat to the New York Rangers, the Caps hoped adding “Mr. Game 7” to their lineup would change their playoff fortunes. It didn’t.
But even though it didn’t and Mr. Game 7 actually lost a Game 7 to end his short time with the Caps, Williams produced and maybe his leadership in the locker room was picked up by the boys and still felt even after he left. We all know what the Caps did the season after he left and they luckily needed just one Game 7 to get through.
In 2015-16, Williams scored 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points. The next season he had 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points. Overall with the Capitals he scored 46 goals and added 54 assists for 100 points.
In the playoffs his first season he had seven points in 12 game with three goals and four assists. The next year he had three goals and six assists for nine points in 13 games including an overtime goal in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sadly the Caps didn’t win a Stanley Cup with Mr. Game 7 but hey at least it was fun.