I just wanted more goal scoring in Etem, but Watson is an EXCELLENT pick...has Nashville Predator written all over him...
Me exactly. Hate it for the "safe-ness" of it which is so typicla for us but it's a great pick at this spot and could wind up being really great. If he turns out to have the huge offensive upside that nobody knew about but was glimpsed late.... HUGE. If not, another solid Pred player that we wish gave us more scoring.
I wanted Etem before Watson as well, but Watson was most likely going to be a higher pick if he never got hurt. 9 goals and 11 assists in 10 games is pretty good. He didnt even get PP time to, and he is a great pker. A very very solid pick.
You guys got the steal of the draft IMO. Watson is one of my favorite junior players of all time and I can honestly say this kid is gonna be something in the NHL. Had he'd been on any team besides Windsor for 1.5yrs of junior he would have went a lot higher. Really didn't get the playing time he deserved. He will be a fan favorite for sure. Gives 110% every shift and leaves it all on the ice. I could definately seem him as a future captain/leader. Enjoy Nashville, this kid's a gem.
(Austin Levi) That's who I was thinking of. What's his story?
Played with Seguin for the Whalers. Drafted in the 6th round of the OHL Priority Selection, he played mostly with the Compuware Midget Majors as a 16yo. He squeezed into 12 games including some playoff experience in that first year. Last year he played 68 games and was in the top 10 in the league for PIMs (116), I think. I watched most of the Whalers & Spitfire games last year. Levi made amazing progress from his first year. Played absolutely solid shut-down d during the playoffs. Has offensive ability, but not in a system that showcased it last year. Will be interesting to see if it is displayed next season. Even if it isn't, he's excellent in the corners, in front of his net, taking away lanes & killing penalties. NCS rank dropped from like 116 midseason to 156 final - I still can't figure that one out as the scouting buzz picked up considerably toward the end of the year. I think he has better upside than Merrill, maybe even Forbort. I was thinking he'd go in the late 3rd-4th, but with all the unpredictability of yesterday and other buzz going around, wouldn't surprise me if he went somewhere in the 2nd today.