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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 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 VAN 54 22 20 12 125 144 56
11 ARI 53 24 23 6 139 163 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36