Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
Austin Watson
HEIGHT: 6' 4"
BIRTHDATE: 01/13/1992
AGE: 24
DRAFTED: NSH: 2010-18 overall
CAREER NOTES: Tied for the American Hockey League lead in game-winning goals in 2013-14 (7)… Ranked second on the 2013-14 Milwaukee Admirals in goals (22), and ranked third on the team in points (46) while playing in all 76 regular-season contests… Made his NHL debut on April 7, 2013 at Chicago and scored his first NHL goal in Nashville’s 2012-13 home finale on April 23, 2013 vs. Calgary… Led the Admirals, and tied for fifth among AHL rookies, in goals (20) in 2012-13… Ranked second on the Admirals, and tied for 18th among rookies, in points (20g-17a-37pts) in 2012-13… Helped London claim the 2012 Hamilton Spectator Trophy as OHL regular season champions and Robertson Cup as playoff champions… Tied for eighth in OHL power-play goals (12) and ninth in power-play assists (21) in 2011-12… Voted the best penalty killer and finished second in the “Best Shot Blocker” category of the 2012 OHL Western Conference Coaches’ poll… Recipient of the 2012 Wayne Gretzky 99 Award presented to playoff MVP after leading the Knights to the Robertson Cup title… Tied for fourth in the 2012 OHL playoffs in goals (10), sixth in power-play goals (3) and eighth in plus/minus rating (+10)… Helped London advance to overtime of the 2012 Memorial Cup title game… Tied for sixth in points at the 2012 Memorial Cup (4gp, 2g-3a-5pts), earning a spot on the tournament All-Star Team… Represented the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championship, leading the team in points (9) and assists (6) and ranking third in goals (3, tie) and plus/minus rating (+6)… Tied a Team USA record with seven points (3g-4a), including a natural hat trick, in its 12-2 victory over Latvia in the relegation round of the 2012 World Junior tournament… Tied for the Peterborough team lead in goals (34), ranked second in points (68) and third in assists (34) in 2010-11… A co-MVP of the 2010-11 Petes, and winner of the team’s hardest working player award… Peterborough’s nominee for the 2010 Red Tilson Award as the OHL’s Most Valuable Player… Missed five weeks due to a broken ankle after blocking a shot while playing in the 2010 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Closed out the season with 18 points (7g-11a) in the final seven games of the regular season upon returning from injury… Helped the United States win gold at the 2010 U-18 World Championships, posting three points (1g-2a) and 33 penalty minutes (tied for second in the tournament) in seven games… Helped Windsor win both the 2009 Robertson Cup as OHL Champion and 2009 Memorial Cup… Named the Spitfires 2009 Hiram Walker and Sons Rookie of the Year… A graduate of the Detroit Compuware program which has produced the likes of Eric Lindros, Pat LaFontaine, Brian Rolston, Mike Modano and David Legwand… The oldest of 10 children.