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Rotowire: Sep 25 / 7:56a ET
News: Williams collected two assists, including one on the power play, during Washington's 4-3 shootout win over Montreal on Thursday.
Impact: Williams was taking even-strength shifts with Andre Burakovsky and Jason Chimera on Washington's second line during the game and grabbed his first points of the preseason. With Nicklas Backstrom (hip) still working his way back into the lineup, the Capitals have had to reshuffle their offensive lines, and Williams is likely to open the season alongside Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson (back). While this may be a downgrade from past years when the 33-year-old was riding shotgun with Anze Kopitar in Los Angeles, and Father Time may be catching up to him, Williams has the capability to best last season's 18 goals and 41 points, giving him some value in deeper leagues and some sleeper potential if he can work his way up to the top line.
Rotowire: Sep 19 / 2:00p ET
News: Williams was skating with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the top line during Saturday's practice, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
Impact: Trying to find some scoring balance given the uncertainty surrounding Nicklas Backstrom's recovery from offseason hip surgery, Capitals coach Barry Trotz appears to be willing to use T.J. Oshie on the second line for the open of training camp. Williams has been a fixture in the top-six for most of his career, but spent most of last season bouncing around Los Angeles' top-nine, so any minutes he gets with the likes of Ovechkin at even-strength could be a windfall for the 34-year-old winger. While Williams is likely end up spending much of the season on the second line, the prospect of top-line minutes in the early going should move him up your draft board a few spots. That's only if the lines shown thus far hold up through camp, however, so continue to keep an eye on the situation.