The next player up is back in a Canes uniform in 2018, veteran right winger Justin Williams. Spending time with the Flyers, Canes, Caps, and Los Angeles Kings during his long career, Williams is well-traveled and has multiple Stanley Cup rings.
Williams owns two Stanley Cup rings with the Kings and a single ring with the Canes. Francis made the move to bring Williams back to Raleigh during the 2017 off-season, and it’s paying dividends so far.
Throwing it back to 2007, Williams hit the ice at the American Airlines Center (home of the Dallas Stars) for an eventual 12-9 loss for the Eastern Conference. Yet, the Canes had multiple All-Star representatives in the same year on three occasions only.
Since the last of those three Carolina multi-selection All-Star seasons was the game housed at the RBC Center in Raleigh, that played in the Canes favor more so than the rest. Similar to Staal, Williams was likely to be an All-Star in 2006 if not for the Torino Olympics.