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Jason Williams has seen the NHL experience from many perspectives. He had quite the entrance, hoisting the Stanley Cup as a rookie with the Detroit Red Wings back in 2002. In 2006, he hooked up with another Original Six team, the Chicago Blackhawks, and spent a couple of years trying to make things work with what was then a struggling franchise in the Windy City. This season, Williams signed with Atlanta and played half the year as a Thrasher, but found that the fit there was not a good one.

Now he's a Blue Jacket. And Williams likes that fact.

"I'm happy to be in a spot right now where I'm getting a chance to play," says the London, Ontario native, who has made an immediate impact with four points in his first five games in Columbus, since the recent deal that sent prospect Clay Wilson and a draft pick to Atlanta.

"To be playing for a playoff spot makes that much more of a difference," he added. "It's a good young team. If I can come in and be positive with this team and help them get into the playoffs, it'll be huge for this organization."

And huge for Williams, too. A player not exactly blessed with tremendous size, Williams has had to work hard for everything he's had in his professional career.

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