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Austin Watson | Winger | #51

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 204
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (18) / NAS

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Austin Watson got another shorthanded goal in Nashville's 3-1 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
Watson has produced a team-high four shorthanded goals this season and he has earned each marker within the past 15 games. He has tallied five goals and one assist in his last nine outings to give him 15 points on the year. Mar 14 - 12:28 PM

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Austin Watson scored twice in a 4-3 comeback overtime win against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

Watson registered his second two-goal game of the season Tuesday. The Preds were down three goals to none until the third period. Calle Jarnkrok kickstarted the comeback before Watson scored twice, including the game-tying goal. Filip Forsberg scored the overtime winner. Watson now has seven goals and nine points in 53 games this season.
Feb 14 - 1:37 AM

Austin Watson skipped practice on Monday for maintenance purposes.

Watson blocked a shot Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens that appeared to hobble him. We will keep him active for now and let you know if his status changes for Tuesday's game versus St. Louis.
Feb 12 - 4:01 PM

Austin Watson scored two goals in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Watson took a beautiful feed from P.K. Subban and had a wide open cage to beat the sprawled out Jonathan Quick 16:49 into the second period. Watson's second goal of the night gave him his first career two-goal regular season game. The former first round pick has turned into a bust but has developed into a solid defensive player. He has five goals and seven points in 39 games this season.
Jan 7 - 1:17 AM

Austin Watson accumulated 22 minutes of penalties on Saturday.

Watson was assessed a tripping minor early in the second period, but the vast majority resulted from a single incident. He was given a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct for his hit on Calgary's Garnet Hathaway and another five minutes for fighting Troy Brouwer as a result of that hit. Hathaway was fortunately able to return to the game after a brief absence. As for Watson, he might end up getting supplemental discipline, especially after he was already suspended for two games in November for boarding Colorado's Dominic Toninato.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 10:48:00 AM

Austin Watson found the back of the net in Friday's 2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Watson added the empty-netter with under a minute remaining in regulation. It was his first goal since Oct. 17. The Preds forward has two goals and one assist in 20 games. Watson shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 09:41:00 AM

Austin Watson was reinstated from his suspension on Friday November 24.

Watson served a two-game suspension for boarding Colorado's Dominic Toninato. Watson found the back of the net in his first game back.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 01:59:00 AM

Austin Watson has been suspended for two games for boarding Colorado's Dominic Toninato in Saturday's game.

Watson nailed Toninato from behind into the boards after Toninato was finished playing the puck. The NHL Department of Player Safety ruled that Watson could have avoided the hit, or at least reduced the force in driving him into the boards. This is Watson's first suspension in 159 games of NHL experience.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 10:27:00 PM

Austin Watson will have a hearing Sunday with the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Watson is being called to answer for a boarding incident on Colorado's Dominic Toninato from Saturday's game. He received a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 12:37:00 PM

Austin Watson scored a goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 25-year-old is a former first round pick, but he just hasn't produced since making the Predators roster. Watson had five goals, 17 points and 99 penalty minutes in 77 games last year. He won't have much fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues, but he could have value in deeper leagues that count penalty minutes.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:21:00 PM

Nashville has agreed to terms with Austin Watson on a three-year, $3.3 million contract.

The team announced that Watson will make $1 million in 2017-18, $1.1 million in 2018-19 and $1.2 million in 2019-20. He established new career highs in goals (5), assists (12), points (17), penalty minutes (99), hits (143) and games played (77) last campaign. Watson and the Predators avoided their arbitration hearing with the new deal.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 11:34:00 AM

Austin Watson's requesting a $1.4 million contract in advance of his scheduled salary arbitration hearing.

Nashville has put in a counter offer of $700,000. The file of these requests is procedural and doesn't prevent the two sides from coming to a compromise. He had 17 points and 99 penalty minutes in 77 games last season.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 11:11:00 AM

Austin Watson has elected for salary arbitration.

Watson can continue to negotiate with the Predators ahead of his arbitration date. He had five goals, 17 points, and 99 penalty minutes in 77 games last season. He did fairly well in the playoffs with four goals and nine points in 22 contests.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:57:00 PM

Austin Watson has three assists in four games against Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.

He has earned a helper in each of the last two contests and he was assessed 10 penalty minutes in Game 3 on Saturday night. Watson has nine points in 20 playoff matches after producing 17 points in 77 outings during the regular season.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 05:31:00 PM

Austin Watson registered an assist in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

He also accounted for a team-high six hits in the contest. Watson leads the 2017 playoffs with 87 hits in 17 games. He also has chipped in seven points.
Wed, May 31, 2017 08:45:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan Johansen
2Kyle Turris
3Nick Bonino
4Mike Fisher
5Calle Jarnkrok
6Colton Sissons
LW1Filip Forsberg
2Kevin Fiala
3Scott Hartnell
RW1Viktor Arvidsson
2Craig Smith
3Austin Watson
4Ryan Hartman
5Miikka Salomaki
D1Roman Josi
2P.K. Subban
3Mattias Ekholm
4Matt Irwin
5Alexei Emelin
6Yannick Weber
7Anthony Bitetto
8Ryan Ellis
G1Pekka Rinne
2Juuse Saros