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Austin Watson | Winger

Team: Nashville Predators
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 193

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Austin Watson scored a shorthanded goal in Nashville's 5-2 loss to Columbus on Tuesday.
Watson opened the scoring at the 9:03 mark of the first period, but the Jackets responded with five unanswered goals of their own. The 23-year-old was Nashville's first round pick in 2010 and he's spent the majority of the last three seasons with Milwaukee in the AHL. Watson is still on a two-way contract so that definitely doesn't play in his favor, but he could still make the Predators' final roster. Nashville will host Carolina in their regular season opener on October 8th. Sep 29 - 10:56 PM

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Austin Watson is expected to compete for a roster spot at training camp.

"He's certainly benefited from his time in Milwaukee," GM David Poile said. "His development, playing in lots of situations, playing offensively, defensively and playing a lot at center ice. Last year, playing a lot on the wing. Scoring 20 goals down there I think gives him some good stats coming in here that he's just not a checker, but there is some upside." He appeared in six games with the Predators in 2012-13, but he hasn't played in the NHL since then and admitted that it has been frustrating. Watson still has a two-way deal this year, so he will have to prove himself at training camp.
Sep 10 - 8:10 PM

Austin Watson has signed a two-year contract with Nashville.

His new deal is a two-way pact next season that will pay him $575,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 in the AHL. In 2016-17, his contract turns one-way and it's worth $575,000. Watson registered 26 goals and 44 points in 76 games last season with AHL Milwaukee. He's expected to challenge for a roster spot at training camp.
Jun 29 - 2:51 PM

Austin Watson has been assigned to AHL Milwaukee.

Nashville also sent down Patrick Cehlin, Joonas Jarvinen, Joonas Rask, Miikka Salomaki and Colton Sissons. The team's training camp roster currently stands at 27 players.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 12:42:00 PM

Austin Watson suffered a leg contusion at the rookie tournament in Florida last week.

He sustained the injury on a blocked shot and is considered day-to-day. Watson had 20 goals and 37 points in 72 games with AHL Milwaukee last season. He also got one goal in six outings with the Predators.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 11:56:00 AM

Austin Watson has been sent down to the minors.

Watson has a goal in six games with Nashville this season. He also has 37 points in 72 AHL contests.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Nashville Predators recall Austin Watson from AHL Milwaukee.

Watson was recalled along with Daniel Bang and Kevin Henderson on Tuesday. With Nashville out of the playoff chase, the Predators are using their final few games to evaluate some of their young talent. The trio will play tonight and Thursday before heading back to Milwaukee for the Admirals' first playoff game Friday night.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Nashville Predators reassign Austin Watson to AHL Milwaukee.

Watson made his NHL debut April 7 but had yet to register a point in five games with the Predators. He'll be much better suited for the AHL at this point of his career where he can continue to develop confidence and grow. Watson, the Predators' No.1 pick in 2010, had 20 goals and 36 points in 68 AHL games season.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 04:38:00 PM

Austin Watson, the Predators first round pick 18th overall, in the 2010 Draft, made his NHL debut Sunday.

Watson had one shot on goal in 13:47 minutes of action. "It was a good experience, wish we would have come out with the win. But for a first game, it's good to get under my belt," Watson said. "Just a little bit of nerves and trying to get on the same page as everybody who has been here throughout the year. Overall just a really good experience. Wish we would have come out with the win." Watson had 20 goals and 36 points in 68 AHL games this season. He is projected to be a strong skater with a great two-way game.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 09:32:00 AM

The Nashville Predators have promoted Austin Watson.

Watson has 20 goals and 36 points in 68 AHL games this season. He might make his NHL debut on Sunday.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Austin Watson potted the game winner for Milwaukee late in the third period to give the Admirals a 4-3 win over Chicago.

The AHL rookie has 12 goals and 19 points in 32 games. Taylor Beck, who is the Admirals' leading scorer, had two helpers in the contest to give him 22 points on the year.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 10:42:00 PM

Austin Watson netted a marker but Milwaukee came up short in its 3-2 overtime loss to Texas on Wednesday night.

At 20, Watson is regarded by scouts as a a very good defensive forward, but one who doesn't have a very high offensive ceiling. In the AHL, though, he's showing he has some scoring punch to provide, too, with eight goals and seven assists in 20 games.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 10:57:00 PM

Austin Watson scored two goals and added an assist in the Milwaukee Admirals' 4-3 win over the Chicago Wolves Saturday night.

Watson now has 10 points in 10 November games, and a combined 13 points in 17 games on the season. On his goal late in the third period, Watson took a feed from recently returned star defenceman Dan Ellis to fire home the winner.
Sun, Nov 25, 2012 05:51:00 AM

The Nashville Predators are looking at Austin Watson as a versatile forward who can put up around 40-plus points when he's ready for NHL play.

"He's so versatile that we can use him anywhere," assistant GM Paul Fenton said. "We can put him in a checking role. We can put him in a higher role where he's on your top two lines. We can put him on the power play. Defensively, he is so responsible with his game from what we saw when we drafted him, and he's getting physically bigger and stronger every day." Watson has seven points in 12 games with the Milwaukee Admirals in his rookie AHL year.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 11:37:00 AM

Austin Watson scored his second goal of the weekend in Milwaukee's win over Rockford on Saturday in AHL action.

Watson now has a three game point streak going with 2 goals and 2 assists in the past four days. After being held pointless in the first three games of his rookie AHL season, Watson has notched 7 points in his last nine games. The 20-year-old American who Nashville drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft scored 68 points in 61 OHL games last year.
Sun, Nov 11, 2012 07:31:00 AM

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