Austin Watson

#51 C / Nashville Predators / EXP: 1YRS Height: 6-3 Weight: 201 lb Age: 24 College: None

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Frequent healthy scratch for Preds

    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.

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Rare start Monday vs. Rangers

    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.

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Pointless drought continues

    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.

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Racks up three points Tuesday

    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.

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Back in lineup Thursday

    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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    Predators' Austin Watson: Expected to play Thursday

    Watson (upper body) is expected to play Thursday against the Ducks, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports. Watson was held out of Tuesday's matchup with the Lightning with an upper-body injury, but appears poised to return to the Preds' lineup for Thursday's tilt against Anaheim. The 24-year-old forward has tallied one goal in three games with Nashville this season, and will likely return to a bottom-six role if he is indeed able to suit up Thursday against the Ducks.

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    Predators' Austin Watson: Sidelined with upper-body injury

    Watson missed Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay with an upper-body injury, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports. Watson saw his first game action of the season on the Preds' recent road trip, and actually scored his first goal of the season against the Islanders on Thursday. That said, Watson typically skates on the Preds' fourth line and averages just 10-12 minutes per night, giving him marginal fantasy value even when healthy.

  • 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.
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