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2010 NHL Draft Profile: Austin Watson

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2010 NHL Draft Profile: Austin Watson
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AUSTIN WATSON
#14 North American Skater
Peterborough, OHL
 
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Right
Height: 6'3 Weight: 185
Born: 1/13/92 Born In: Ann Arbor, MI
   
THE SHINNY:
Playing for the Windsor Spitfires for most of his OHL career, winger Austin Watson has a Robertson Cup (OHL Champs) and a Memorial Cup (CHL champs) to his belt.

The Ann Arbor, MI native racked up 54 points in 52 games, including 20 points in 10 games after a midseason trade from Windsor sent him to Peterborough this season. Watson helped the US win a gold at the World Under-18s in Belarus in 2010.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: “Austin is a very good penalty killer. He plays a high-energy two-way game. He's aggressive on the forecheck and he will finish his checks. He has good hands and can shoot the puck hard. He is an excellent competitor and is a good shot blocker. I like his energy and willingness to play a role and be good at that role.”

Watson On Watson: "I'm a big body and like to get down low and be physical and create space for other guys and get to the front of the net and put pucks in the net. But also I do a lot of little things right. I kill penalties. I take pride in that. I take pride in blocking shots and doing little things, dumping the puck and getting things going. I try to be a leader all the time when I'm out there and that's kind of the things I think that set me apart."
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NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
NHL Player: Johan Franzen
Shootout Move: "Forehand Fake, Backhand High Blocker"
TV Show: Lost
Music Group: Sugarland
Book: The Count Of Monte Cristo
Website: facebook.com
Activity Away From The Rink: Golf


STATS:
Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2008-09 Windsor OHL 63 10 19 29 41
2009-10 Peterborough OHL 52 20 34 54 22

NEWS:
Trade To Peterborough Has Watson In Spotlight
(3.15.10) Everyone wants to play on a championship team, whether it's in the NHL or Canadian junior hockey. But everyone wants to play, period.

That was the issue facing Austin Watson earlier this season -- stay with the Windsor Spitfires, defending Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup champion -- and among the favorites to repeat as both -- or accept a trade to the Peterborough Petes that would allow him to move from complementary part to starring role.

Hawks' Johansen Catching Eye Of NHL Scouts
(12.16.09) When a list of the Western Hockey League's top 25 prospects for the 2010 NHL draft was released this fall, four Portland Winterhawks players appeared in the top 13.

The most surprising, at the No. 9 slot, was 17-year-old Ryan Johansen.

A center in his first season in the WHL, Johansen was so lightly regarded in 2007 that he remained available until well after the halfway point of that year's Bantam draft. This season, he has quickly evolved into one of the team's top playmakers and has become one of the most talked-about prospects in the league.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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