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Watson, Roussel Making Mark at Memorial Cup Tournament

Tuesday, 05.22.2012 / 12:23 PM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Watson, Roussel Making Mark at Memorial Cup Tournament

Preds prospects Austin Watson, a first round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, and Charles-Olivier Roussel, a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, are both earning top marks for their play in this year's Memorial Cup, the tournament which features the league champions in the three CHL leagues -- the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.

Watson, who was the MVP of the OHL Playoffs, has scored one goal and two assists through London's first two games in the tournament. He netted the game-winning goal in London's 5-3 win over Saint John, earning No. 1 star honors for his performance in the game. Beyond his production on the scoresheet, Watson is earning high praise for his two-way play and defensive abilities, often being asked to match-up against the top offensive player for the opponent.

Roussel, a defenseman for the QMJHL Champion Saint John Sea Dogs, has one goal and one assist in two games this tournament. He scored the game's opening goal, a shorthanded tally, in Saint John's first game, while posting a +2 plus/minus rating in Saint John's Game 2 win over Edmonton.

Both will play at least two more games in the tournament. Watson and London will close out the round robin tonight against Edmonton; Roussel and Saint John will close out the round robin on Wednesday against tournament host Shawinigan. The teams will then be seeded based on record for the single elimination round with the loser from tonight's game and the loser from tomorrow night's game meeting on Thursday. The tournament semifinals will be played on Friday and the championship game on Sunday.

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61