Watson played just five of the Preds' 12 games in January. He has just five points in 35 games this season and has not cracked the scoresheet since Nov. 10. Watson spends far too much time on the bench as a healthy scratch, and even when he does play, he very often sees fewer than 10 minutes of ice time per game. He does not possess any real fantasy value at the present time.
Watson returned to the lineup Monday against the Rangers following a four-game stint as a healthy scratch. He did not record a point in his team's 5-3 victory, and was a minus-3 in just 12 minutes of ice time skating on the Preds' fourth line. It's never a good return to the lineup when you are on the ice for all of the opposing team's goals and don't contribute to any of your own. Watson has had a pretty good run the past few years with AHL Milwaukee (44 points in 76 games last season), but at the NHL level he's struggled to find his game. He hasn't scored a point since Nov. 10 and has trouble securing an everyday spot in the lineup, giving him fantasy value of pretty much zero in most formats. Avoid.
Watson skated a season-low 6:14 during Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Panthers, and was held off the scoresheet for the 11th straight game. Anyone who thought Watson might be on the verge of a breakout back on Nov. 10 when he scored a goal and two assists against the Senators has been sorely disappointed. Despite being one of the team scoring leaders at AHL Milwaukee last season (44 points in 76 games), he is nothing more than a fourth-line player with the Preds. Until he graduates to more of a top-six player role - which we expect he will, eventually - Watson is to be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Watson collected a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Senators. The former first round draft pick is a promising prospect, and will get his first extended look in the NHL this season. Through 11 games, Watson has recorded two goals and three assists to go along with a plus-4 rating.
Watson (upper body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Ducks, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Watson missed Tuesday's game because of the upper-body injury, but he'll return to the lineup Thursday to face the Ducks, likely rejoining Eric Nystrom and Paul Gaustad on the Preadtors' fourth line.
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