Justin Williams was back on the ice today for the first time since he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the March 21 game against Calgary. Initial estimates had Williams being out at least four weeks, which would put him on track for a return around April 18. There’s still no indication that Williams might return any sooner than that, but he will have a strength test on the shoulder tomorrow in order to determine his progress. Williams’ shoulder must be at least at 80-percent strength in order for him to return. For now, he will skate with a tight, vest-like harness on his shoulder and chest. After he skated today, Williams talked about his recovery and the harness…

WILLIAMS: “I’m not really a huge fan of it, but it’s doing its purpose. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. My RoboCop. It’s all right. It restricts me, obviously, a little bit, but it’s just day one. It feels great. I’ve been out a shade under two weeks, so it feels good to get back out there. I feel I didn’t lose any of my stamina or anything, so I felt good. I’ve just got to get used to it in the next few days.”

Question: And you were able to handle the puck and shoot a little…

WILLIAMS: “It was like Smytty’s shot [laughs]. It feels all right. It’s the first day. I can’t have any complaints. I’ve got to keep getting strong, keep getting used to it. The main part is just being comfortable on the ice and not thinking about it, so this is a good step today, in the right direction. I’m going to get used to it out there, and used to what I can or can’t do, so when I get out there I don’t think about it.

Question: Do you have a strength test coming up?

WILLIAMS: “I’ll do it tomorrow, and the results will be what they are. But I feel good, I feel strong and all things are looking good so far.”

Question: Is there any talk of a return date?

WILLIAMS: “I don’t know. I won’t be able to say. I have it in my mind, but it’s up to Kinger and the coaches. When I tell them I’m ready to go, it’s up to them to say, `All right, we might give you another practice here,’ or something. The main point, step one, is just getting myself back to where I’m comfortable.”

Here’s what Terry Murray said about Williams’ presence on the ice, which took place near the end of practice…

MURRAY: “That was a surprise for me. I saw him work out the last few days. He’s looking good. He’s obviously doing a lot of the rehab on that shoulder, and he’s getting some real solid definition there that I haven’t noticed before. So that’s good. That’s a good thing. I think it’s only been a couple weeks, though. We’ll let another week go by, with rehab and skating, and see where he’s at.”

Question: It’s probably going to come down to those strength tests, right?

MURRAY: “It will all come down to strength. Whenever that (shoulder) pops out, there’s always rebuilding the muscles around the shoulder, to tighten it up. Hopefully you never have to do anything else with it, but there’s always a chance that you might have to.”

Question: Do you know if he’s ahead of schedule at all?

MURRAY: “I don’t think he’s ahead of schedule, necessarily. It’s a shoulder, it’s not anything else. It’s the upper body, rather than the legs, so keeping his feet under himself, as far as the skating, that’s a good thing. I see he was shooting a few pucks out there, so obviously the progression is coming. But it’s a couple weeks, only, so there’s more time in front of it.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

VIEW ALEC MARTINEZ POSTS
Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

VIEW ANZE KOPITAR POSTS
Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

VIEW DREW DOUGHTY POSTS
Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
VIEW TYLER TOFFOLI POSTS

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

VIEW JEFF CARTER POSTS
Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

VIEW JONATHAN QUICK POSTS