• Watson Hoping To Finally Crack Preds' Roster

    News: Austin Watson's varied skill set makes him an early candidate for one of the Predators' bottom-six players this season, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports.
    Analysis: The 23-year-old Austin Watson has scored at least 20 goals in each of the last three seasons with AHL Milwaukee. He can comfortably play all three forward positions, deliver secondary scoring and play reliable defense, all of which give him a decided advantage over most other players who are more one- or two-dimensional. GM David Poile believes Watson has what it takes to crack the roster this season. "He's certainly benefited from his time in Milwaukee," Poile said of Watson. "His development, playing in lots of situations, playing offensively, defensively and playing a lot at center ice. Last year, playing a lot on the wing. Scoring 20 goals down there I think gives him some good stats coming in here that he's just not a checker, but there is some upside." Keep an eye on Watson's status this September. If he breaks camp with the team, don't be afraid to take a chance on him in the later rounds of your draft.
  • Preds' Watson A Candidate To Make Squad

    News: GM David Poile said Tuesday that he's "very confident" that Austin Watson will make the Predators out of training camp.
    Analysis: Austin Watson hasn't appeared in a game for the Predators since the lockout year of 2012-13, but after back-to-back 40-plus point campaigns at AHL Milwaukee, it appears the team is preparing to clear a spot for him. The 23-year-old should benefit from the expected departures of forwards Matt Cullen and Mike Santorelli in free agency, as it's unclear if the Predators will look to replace them with veteran players. Even if Watson cracks the squad, he seems unlikely to win a top-six role off the bat, which might make it difficult him to attain much fantasy relevance.
  • Preds Ink Watson To Two-Year, Two-Way Deal

    News: Austin Watson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports.
    Analysis: A former first-round pick by Nashville in 2010, Austin Watson has spent the last two seasons with AHL Milwaukee. He led Milwaukee with 26 goals last season, and could have the opportunity to earn a longer look with the Predators in 2015-16.
  • Preds Demote Prospect Watson To Minors

    News: Austin Watson has been assigned to AHL Milwaukee, the Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: With 219 points in 244 games over four seasons in the OHL, Austin Watson is a proven scorer at the junior level, but has yet to put up similar numbers in the AHL. He'll need a bit more seasoning in the minors before he's ready for the NHL. That said, he'll likely be one of the first guys in line for a call-up, should the Preds run into injury trouble this season.
  • Preds' Watson Day-To-Day

    News: Austin Watson suffered a leg contusion at Wednesday's practice, Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Austin Watson is being considered day-to-day right now, so keep an eye out for his return. The young center made his NHL debut with the Preds last season, but registered just one goal in six games.
  • Preds Reassign Watson

    News: Austin Watson will be reassigned to AHL Milwaukee, Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Austin Watson recorded one goal and a minus-2 rating in six games with the Predators.
  • Preds' Watson Scores First Goal

    News: Austin Watson potted his first NHL goal in Tuesday's win over the Flames.
    Analysis: The 2010 first-round pick has steadily climbed the organizational ladder for the Predators. They'll look for him to spend the year with the big club next season.
  • Watson Recalled By Preds

    News: Austin Watson has been recalled from AHL Milwaukee, the Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Austin Watson -- who has yet to record a point in five contests with the big club this season -- is slated to play in Tuesday's game against the Flames, then Thursday against the Red Wings before heading back to Milwaukee for the Admirals' first-round playoff game.
  • Predators Reassign Watson

    News: Austin Watson has been reassigned to AHL Milwaukee on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Austin Watson, who is scoreless in five games with the Predators, will return to Milwaukee to play in an important AHL game on Tuesday for the Admirals. Watson could return to Nashville for the team's next game Friday against the Blackhawks.
  • Watson Called Up By Predators

    News: Austin Watson has been called up by the Predators, The Tennessean reports.
    Analysis: Austin Watson leads the Admirals and is fifth in the AHL among rookies with 20 goals this season. He gives the Predators added depth at right wing and will replace Mike Fisher in the team's lineup Sunday.