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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 - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Wilson 14 5 8 8 13
R. Josi 14 1 8 -6 9
R. Johansen 14 4 4 0 8
J. Neal 14 4 4 1 8
M. Fisher 14 5 2 -1 7
M. Ekholm 14 3 4 2 7
S. Weber 14 3 4 -7 7
R. Ellis 14 0 6 0 6
F. Forsberg 14 2 2 -11 4
M. Salomaki 14 1 1 2 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 7 7 0 .906 2.63
C. Hutton 0 0 0 .667 3.00