Watson scored two goals on three shots and blocked six shots during Monday's Game 6 win over Anaheim. With Nashville dealing with multiple injuries, Watson climbed the depth chart and now has three goals, seven shots and eight blocked shots through his past two games. He was a solid scorer in the OHL, but Watson's offense hasn't translated to the professional ranks, and he registered just 17 points -- five goals -- through 77 regular-season games this season. Keeping expectations in check for the 2010 first-round selection is advised moving forward.
Watson recorded his first NHL playoff goal Friday, contributing to a 3-2 road win over the Ducks for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Michigan native made good on a one-timer from Ryan Johansen early in the second period. It would behoove fantasy owners to take note of former first-round picks that are starting to break out offensively, and Watson fits the description. He managed 17 points -- including five goals -- in 77 games during the regular season, which is a steady clip for a guy that averaged a mere 12:26 of ice time. The playoff marker will only boost his confidence moving forward.
Watson skated just 10:13 in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs. He failed to register a point, but recorded two hits, two blocked shots and two PIM. The good news is -- except for sitting out opening night back in October -- Watson has played in every game for the Preds this season, and he's already surpassed his 10-point rookie season last year with 16 points in the current campaign. He's also seeing more ice time (12:25 versus 10:00 last season), and his plus-minus rating has improved from a minus-4 to a plus-12. The bad news is, he's still toiling in relative obscurity on the Preds' fourth line most nights, which leaves him with few opportunities to contribute offensively. Watson has been one of the better players at AHL Milwaukee the past few seasons (127 points in 224 games from 2012-2015), but his NHL career has gotten off to a much slower start. As such, he does not boast a great deal of fantasy value at the present time.
Watson was held off the scoresheet Sunday against the Blue Jackets, giving him just one point in his last 15 games. Watson has spent most of this season skating on the Preds' fourth line, which provides him little opportunity to contribute much offensively. Watson has been one of the better scorers at AHL Milwaukee the past few seasons, but has so far had little impact at the NHL level.
Watson opened the scoring with an unassisted goal early in the second period of Thursday's 2-1 victory over Boston. He picked up a loose puck right in front of the Boston net and fired it home, giving him goals in three consecutive games. That's quite a leap in production for a guy who had only one goal and seven points in 35 contests previously, but it's not totally out of nowhere -- after all, the 24-year-old (who turns 25 on Friday) was the No. 18 overall selection in the 2010 draft and has thrice cleared 20 goals in the AHL. With a steady trickle of PIM to go with this offensive surge, he's carving out a degree of deep-league relevance.
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