NHL 2010 Top Draft Prospects: Austin Watson

May 26th, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »


Austin Watson faced a tough dilemma at a young age: Should he

 stay on a championship-caliber team and play very few minutes every night? Or should he go to a border-line playoff team and play on their first line?

Fortunately for Watson, it was not completely up to him, as he waived his no-trade clause and was traded earlier this season from the reigning Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires to the Peterborough Petes.

Watson, a 6'3", 187 pound right winger from Ann Arbor, Michigan, was verbally committed to play in the NCAA, so his OHL draft stock plummeted (he was originally slated to go number two overall). However, the Windsor Spitfires took a chance on him in the second round of the draft and Watson wound up playing in the Canadian Hockey League.

In his rookie season, Watson put up just 29 points in 63 games with the Spitfires, but his scoring increased in season two to 34 points in 42 games. However, after he was traded to the Petes, Watson took off, scoring 20 points in just ten games on his new team. This domination helped shoot him up Central Scouting’s rankings to number 14.
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