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Rangers agree to terms with Williams

The New York Rangers, parent club of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Jeremy Williams.

Williams, 26, skated in 77 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League last season, registering 32 goals and 31 assists for 63 points, along with 55 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in games played, goals, points and shots (210).

Williams ranked eighth in the AHL in goals, and tied for fourth in the league with 14 power-play goals. He also led the Griffins in goals, points, power-play goals and shots, and tied for the team lead in assists. Williams recorded 14 multi-point performances, including his second career AHL hat trick on April 10 at Chicago. He posted a career-high, seven-game point streak from December 9 vs. San Antonio to December 19 at Texas, registering nine points (five goals and four assists) over the span. Williams finished the season riding a three-game goal streak (six goals), including back-to-back multi-goal games on April 10 at Chicago (three goals) and April 11 at Milwaukee (two goals). He notched his 100th AHL goal on December 9 vs. San Antonio, registered his 200th AHL point with an assist on December 15 at Peoria, and recorded his 100th AHL assist on December 26 vs. Chicago. Williams also skated in his 300th career AHL game on February 13 at Houston.

In 2008-09, Williams split the season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies (AHL). He registered five goals and two assists for seven points in 11 NHL games with the Maple Leafs. Williams tallied his first NHL multi-point effort with one goal and one assist in his season debut on December 8 vs. the NY Islanders. He recorded five goals in his first six games with the Maple Leafs following his recall on December 8, including a goal in each of his first three games. With the Marlies, Williams ranked second on the team with 27 goals and fourth with 40 points in 46 AHL games that season. He also led the team and ranked fourth in the AHL with a career-high 19 power play goals.

The 6-0, 195-pounder has skated in 325 career AHL games over six seasons with the St. John’s Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies and Grand Rapids Griffins, registering 122 goals and 121 assists for 243 points, along with 248 penalty minutes. In addition, Williams has recorded nine goals and two assists for 11 points in 31 career NHL contests with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He notched a goal on his first shot on goal in his NHL debut on April 18, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh.

The Regina, Sask., native was originally selected as Toronto’s seventh round draft choice, 220th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.