Watson isn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from Chicago prior to Tuesday's deadline, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Watson was unable to hold onto a spot on AHL Rockford's roster after being acquired by the Blackhawks from LA in late February, so it's no surprise that Chicago is fine with cutting him loose. The 2014 seventh-round pick will hope to catch on with a new organization's AHL affiliate in 2019-20.
Watson was traded to the Blackhawks from the Kings in exchange for Matt Iacopelli on Sunday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Watson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Draft and sports some decent offensive upside. Over the last two seasons, he's scoring at roughly a point-per-game pace at the ECHL level. The 22-year-old is still a bit undersized and not yet ready for the NHL, but he should move to the AHL in a full-time capacity by next season.
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