"My injuries have been … when I do it, I seem to do it good. It was tough. There were definitely tears and thoughts of, 'Will I ever be healthy again? Am I ever going to be back on top where I was? Am I ever going to be a player in this League?' Mentally pushing through, there was obviously a lot of family support, but ultimately it came down to me and I've still got a long way to go."
-- Justin Williams
Unfortunately, a more apt description of the dynamic Los Angeles Kings forward's time in the NHL would be a list of injuries.
From the time he broke his finger in his rookie season with the Philadelphia Flyers in January 2001, Williams has been subjected to a seemingly never-ending string of bad luck on the injury front. But every time Williams has managed to remain healthy enough to play 82 games, he's topped the 30-goal mark; however, that's happened just twice in his career.
Now, heading into Thursday's home game against the Florida Panthers (10:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-CA), Williams is on pace to stay healthy and score at least 30 goals with the Kings.