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Watson Leads London To Another Win

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 8:59 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Watson Leads London To Another Win

Preds prospect Austin Watson played a complete two-way game on Tuesday night, earning First Star honors in London's 4-1 win over Edmonton in Memorial Cup action. Watson won 14-of-23 faceoffs and sealed the game with an empty net goal as London closed out round robin play with a 2-1-0 record; Watson was the game's First Star in both London wins and is emerging as a top candidate for Memorial Cup MVP.

The Knights have earned a bye at least into the semifinals. If Saint John beats Shawinigan in Wednesday's action then London will get a bye into the Championship Game on Sunday; if Shawinigan beats Saint John in the game, then London will play in Friday's semifinal game against the winner of the Saint John/Edmonton play-in game.

Watson has scored two goals and two assists in the three games during the round robin portion of the tournament, with eight shots on goal and an "even" plus/minus rating. His shot blocking and defensive play -- often being matched against the opponent's top line -- have drawn praise throughout the post-season, starting in the OHL playoffs and continuing in the added spotlight of the Memorial Cup.

Fellow Preds prospect Charles-Olivier Roussel will be in action tonight with Saint John against host Shawinigan, the final game of the round robin stage at this year's tournament. The losing team will face Edmonton in the play-in game on Thursday. Roussel has one goal and one assist with a +2 plus/minus rating through Saint John's first two games.

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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

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 33 31 1 64
R. Josi 81 14 47 -3 61
J. Neal 82 31 27 27 58
S. Weber 78 20 31 -7 51
M. Ribeiro 81 7 43 11 50
C. Smith 82 21 16 4 37
M. Ekholm 82 8 27 14 35
R. Johansen 42 8 26 10 34
R. Ellis 79 10 22 13 32
C. Jarnkrok 81 16 14 1 30
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 34 21 10 .908 2.48
C. Hutton 7 5 4 .918 2.33