INTERVIEW: Williams surging through preseason

By Mitch Bach
September 16, 2017 - 9:42am

MEDICINE HAT, AB — A silver lining to the Medicine Hat Tigers slew of injured and sick players is the degree of talent out of their prospects and rookies.

Winger Henry Rybinski appears poised to become a full-time Tiger in the coming weeks, collecting four assists in three preseason games.

Defenceman Daniel Baker and Cole Clayton, 16 and 17-years-old respectively, bring a wealth of size to the back end, and have both received rave reviews from the coaching staff.

But perhaps the most compelling youngster is the Tabbies fifth overall selection last year, Josh Williams.

After scoring his first career WHL goal as a call-up last season, the 16-year-old has tickled the twine five times, while adding two helpers in three exhibition games.

With Mason Shaw out indefinitely with a torn ACL, expect Williams to get a fair share of ice time. On top of Shaw's injury, defenceman Kristians Rubins may miss the next couple weeks healing his right shoulder, and goaltender Jordan Hollett is recovering from a nasty case of mono.

Williams will lace up tonight in the Tigers final preseason game, looking to add to his team-leading points total against the Red Deer Rebels (7:00pm at ENMAX Centrium).

With the regular season kicking off in less than a week, Williams explains the reason for his early success, and Tigers assistant coach Bobby Fox weighs in.

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