What Williams expects from himself

What should you expect from Justin Williams this season? Well, this is what he expects from himself.

“I’ll take it as it comes, but if I don’t score at least 20 goals on an offensive line, it’s a disappointing year.”

Williams said he has completely healed from last season’s Achilles’ tendon and finger injuries, and that he feels more comfortable with the Kings than he did after last year’s midseason trade. Williams also had this to say about potential linemate Anze Kopitar:

“He’s an extremely skilled, large man out there,” Williams said. “He’s fun to play with.”

Williams also helped shed light on the Kings players’ new t-shirts, which read “What We’re Here For” on the back.

“The wording is a little different,” Williams joked. “The reason we’re here is for each other and the reason we’re here is to make the playoffs this year. That’s goal one for this year.”

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  • WWAMD

    Good job Deano, trade a young promising 20+ goal scorer for an old broken has been that Hopes to score 20 goals….Nice!

  • Tornado12

    I hate to agree with WWAMD/aanthony/cristobal (may not be same person but all sounds the same to me so might as well be)…BUT, I think as the projected top line winger that should get plenty of PP time and plays with the best O players, you should expect more than 20 goals…if he only scores 20 and is healthy, the kings are in trouble…on the other hand, maybe he is just saying that to cover his bases, and look good when he scores more? IDK…but doesn’t sound good either way!

  • WWAMD

    Tornado, different people lol….similar views I guess. I don’t read all the posts here, but I am aware that aanthony is also very anti-dean…as he should be

    Hey here is a question to all the fans in school right now…Do you start the school year with the mentality that your hoping to get better then a C+, and if you don’t get at least a C+ you’ll be disappointed….Sets up for success! Go Justin!

  • darko25o

    20 goals…then he better have 40 assists!

  • jet

    tornado — how the line does as a whole is more important than how many goals JW is credited with. Also, if DD goes for 16 goals this year, you can bet JW and Symth had a hand in it.

  • Quisp

    Here’s my Williams Grade Scale:

    15 goals — bust
    20 goals — disappointment
    25 goals — so far so good
    30 goals — sorry, Anthony(y)
    35 goals — Patrick who?

  • BakoCAcameraGuy

    Hey Quispie,

    Just to get some scale about your scale, how about a Heatley-in-San Hose Grade Scale:

    15 goals — SJ finishes fourth in the division
    20 goals — SJ finishes third in the division
    25 goals — Bust/ Senators fans die laughing…
    30 goals — All noise, minimal smoke, no fire
    35 goals — But, what’s for desert?
    40 goals — SJ finishes second in the division
    45 goals — SJ finishes first in the division, out 1st round of the playoffs
    50 goals — That’s expected; so?
    55 goals+ – Stanley Cup?

    When you look at Williams NOW, what do you say about expectations?

  • stang

    This conversation rings a bell….now it comes down to atleast 20 Goals?! lol

    FAIL!

    Then the big homer move by Jet throwing in a disclaimer because he knows he’s gonna tank by saying “how the line does as a whole is more important than how many goals JW is credited with”. Get real Jet it matters how many he scores, that is what he was brought in for not how many pretty assists he gets while combing his locks. I’m holding him to a firm 30.

    What happened to the confidence of our 30 goal scorer Deano? He acts like he won’t finish the season healthy. Will he go to the front of the net as advertised? Will he bang in the corners? Will he lead us to victory with his character when the chips are down?

    Or will he be the next…~gasp~ O’SULLIVAN?!!!

    Ice cubes for the kool-aid?

  • MrMach5

    Wow 20 goals…Really?

    So is he setting the bar artificially low and if he gets 25 or 30 can say he had an awesome year and looks like a hero?

    With 20 goals he better have at least 30 assists!

  • stang

    This conversation rings a bell….now it comes down to atleast 20 Goals?! lol

    FAIL!

    Then the big homer move by Jet throwing in a disclaimer because he knows he’s gonna tank by saying “how the line does as a whole is more important than how many goals JW is credited with”. Get real Jet it matters how many he scores, that is what he was brought in for not how many pretty assists he gets while combing his locks. I’m holding him to a firm 30.

    What happened to the confidence of our 30 goal scorer Deano? He acts like he won’t finish the season healthy. Will he go to the front of the net as advertised? Will he bang in the corners? Will he lead us to victory with his character when the chips are down?

    Or will he be the next…~gasp~ O’SULLIVAN?!!!

    Ice cubes for the kool-aid?

  • Ersberg

    Quisp-

    “Here’s my Williams Grade Scale:

    15 goals — bust
    20 goals — disappointment
    25 goals — so far so good
    30 goals — sorry, Anthony(y)
    35 goals — Patrick who?”

    I got some laughs out of this one.
    Good times there, man.

    I’m completely over that whole trade. I don’t even remember it happening, in fact(kidding). I’m far more comfortable Williams being here. Looking back, I seem to only recall one particular goal Sully had that really impressed me. Sully doesn’t have the killer instinct a smaller player needs in this era, especially for a growing team such as the Kings. I just don’t see what the Oilers will do with him, since they have such a small forward core as it is. That’s their problem now.

    I’m thinking Kop-Williams will be solid this year. We may even have the pleasure of a few highlight reels between them.

    Lets get this season rolling.

  • mrbrett7

    Better question.

    If O’Sullivan scores 20 goals, he just had a career year, and STILL hasn’t proven a thing.

  • jack handy

    mrbrett7 said:

    Better question.

    If O’Sullivan scores 20 goals, he just had a career year, and STILL hasn’t proven a thing.

    right on.

    they don’t even mention Patio’s name when covering the oil in the TSN 30 in 30 segment. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=291204

    that said it could be a bust on both sides of this trade.

    i don’t understand all the fuss unless Patio becomes something more than what he is or has been to date.

    side note – it seems fairly homer of TSN to anoint them #16

    jack

  • mrbrett7

    TSN takes it in the pooper from Pat Quinn…but I don’t care what TSN says…last time I checked, what they say doesn’t mean anything on the ice.

  • Ersberg

    TSN placing the Oilers ahead of the Flames speaks volumes to the validity of their rankings.

    I’d bet Vegas money the Kings have a better season than the Oilers, Wild, and Rangers for that matter.

  • jet

    Kristibal/stang/WWAMD/ Mr. nuff/Krystoff — I understand that if you’re new to hockey that a 30 goal player sounds exciting, but I believe the Kings are more interested in winning games than what an individual’s point totals are. The fact is that there will be two other players on his line that will be able to put the puck in the net. There will also be two other lines that can put the puck in the net. If the opposition sends out their best defensive pairing against JW’s line, then our second and third lines will put up some numbers. Therefore, just having him on the ice forces the opposition into a compromising position. This was not the case with POS. BTW, if POS sticks on the first line, I believe Anthonyy will win the bet, simply because that will be their only scoring line.

    This is an effortless concept for a Kings fan, but sounds like astrophysics to a DL hater.

  • wavesinair

    i’m a little fuzzy on the whole middle part jet. i think there’s a universal law that states astrophysics and hockey are NOT allowed to be used in reference to one another. brain surgery however… that’s a different story!

  • jet

    waves — I went with fuzzy logic, but basically we are going to have three strong lines. The Oilers will have one. If POS is on the top line, he may out point JW.

  • Krystoff

    Jet, is this all because I asked if Gudas had been signed yet?

  • anthonyy

    Williams and Dumbardi will be departing from the kings together. When their overpaid contracts run out.

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