14) Justin Williams (Los Angeles Kings)
An early return from an Achilles tendon injury by Williams was encouraging. Some extensive time off may have proved to be useful because the Cobourg native didn’t resemble the player he was in previous seasons.
Williams posted 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 32 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and four points (one goal, three assists) with the Kings whom he was dealt to at the trade deadline.
Had the 27-year-old remained with the Hurricanes, he may have been able to turn it around in the postseason. Now, we’ll never know.