If there is one thing we love writing about at The Royal Half, it's Justin Williams injuries and Oscar Moller getting a chance to play on the top 6 lines. Luckily today... we get to do both!
The last time Justin Williams was an un-healthy scratch.
On the bright side, the latest damage to Justin Williams should stop all that talk of his legs being prone to injuries. Instead, Williams has suffered a dislocated shoulder and plans to re-hab it for a few weeks before making it back for the later part of the first round of the playoffs at 80% strength... or in other words... exactly what he did last year in the playoffs. Rehabbing from a dislocated shoulder is a bit of a crap shoot. Marian Gaborik was out 12 games earlier this season with a dislocated shoulder. While the Islanders Mark Streit dislocated his shoulder during pre-season and is out for the year. (Here is a great breakdown of Streit's injury.) Heck, even Alex Ponikarovsky came back 7 games after dislocating his shoulder in 2008.
Funny enough, this is the same position a lot of Kings fans have seen him in this season.
So what happens when your 1st line Right Winger goes down with a season-ending injury? You go down to the farm for help, that's what you do.
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So you all know the love we have for Oscar Moller here at The Royal Half. He made the Kings in 2008 out of juniors when the team was awful and after suffering a... well... shoulder injury during the World Juniors, he's never been able to keep a roster spot on the team, even after scoring 3 points in 4 games during a quick December call-up this season. So tonight, Moller gets his chance on the top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Penner. Here is an artists rendition of what that could look like.
Oh good, I'm glad he kept the beard.
The biggest knock against Moller is his size. Listed at a generous 5'10", Moller hasn't been able to keep from avoiding bone-crushing hits by bigger men during his time in the NHL.
Yet, Moller still gets up after each hit. Something that can't be said for Justin Williams. And even the littlest of NHL'ers take a while to adjust to the league. Moller hasn't looked too shabby at all this season in Manchester, where he has 50 points in 59 games.
Do I think Coach Murray views Oscar Moller as a bona fide solution to filling the gaping hole Justin Williams leaves? No effin' way. Coach Murray will give Moller two shifts on the 1st line before replacing him with Wayne Simmonds, Brad Richardson or my personal guess... Kyle Clifford. But at the very least, Oscar gets to play with his friends again.