It is likely that Jason Williams will only serve as an AHL player. But, the former 20-goal scorer could make his way onto the Penguins pro roster if injuries plague the team yet again.
Once thought of as an NHL regular, Williams production dropped dramatically last season. The 30-year-old is only two seasons removed from a 19 goal, 47 point season, but few expect him to return to such form. From an AHL standpoint, the signing is fantastic. From an NHL one though, it is a bit questionable.
The addition of Williams takes away one more roster spot and $600,000 that could have been used at the trade deadline.
Pittsburgh’s roster is pretty much set at this point, so it is not a big deal to lose the space. Williams can fill the Mike Comrie role as a former producer who may find his way with the right franchise. Still, I would have like to keep the money for a possible better option down the line. With an elite team returning though, maybe there is no deal at the deadline in store for the Penguins. Either way, there is not much to love or hate about this signing.
Penguins second-round pick Scott Harrington also just signed with the team. Harrington was drafted in the second round but is still a few years away from possibly competing for a roster spot. You can check out my analysis of him from my draft article.