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06-25-2010, 09:42 PM
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Preds select AUSTIN WATSON - 1st round - 18th overall



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NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards
“Austin is a very good penalty killer. He plays a high-energy two-way game. He's aggressive on the forecheck and he will finish his checks. He has good hands and can shoot the puck hard. He is an excellent competitor and is a good shot blocker. I like his energy and willingness to play a role and be good at that role.”

Peterborough Petes head coach Ken McRae
“Austin is a big power forward that protects the puck very well all over the ice. He is a great shot blocker and penalty kill specialist. Austin also exhibits a great net front presence on the power-play and even strength and has a very good stick allowing him to create goals and scoring chances off redirections and tips. He also displays good leadership qualities for such a young player.”
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On his style of play: I'm a big body and like to get down low and be physical and create space for other guys and get to the front of the net and put pucks in the net. But also I do a lot of little things right. I kill penalties. I take pride in that. I take pride in blocking shots and doing little things, dumping the puck and getting things going. I try to be a leader all the time when I'm out there and that's kind of the things I think that set me apart.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/draftprospect....htm?dpid=2602

Great pick! Has Nashville Predator written all over him...


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06-25-2010, 09:45 PM
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Never seen the guy play, but from the reports it sounds like a safe pick, will probably make the NHL, but not be a top line guy.

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Watson has a Facebook page...

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Austin...n/223182564659

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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

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Video profile from NHL.com:
http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/con...tid=0&id=69828

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06-25-2010, 09:51 PM
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his fave player is Johan Franzen... if he becomes that type and quality of a player, then we got a good pick.

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Moved: A thread with some interesting Watson comments:

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=790721&page=2

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Pleased with the pick. Many comparisons to Kessler and Jordan Staal. If he comes any where close to those two then we got a steal with this one.

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I don't know anything at all about the kid but what I've read in a couple threads and scouting reports just since he was selected.

And I'm loving the h### out of this pick!

Just what we need. A guy with some size, enjoys playing with contact and a good finishing type shot. If he can fill his frame he sounds like a worker with real good character so the skills should grow as well. Seems either smart or a bit of a natural as well, with the different things he supposedly can do. I am very pleased. I didn't know a guy like this would still be around. Makes me wonder whats wrong with him? But Poile seemed very happy, so I'll go by that.

I was rooting for Etem, as I'd already seen some video of him. And he looks really good to me. But now I like the guy we picked even more. If he pans out he's something we will really need. Maybe a "safe" pick but he does have upside as well.

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Buried in the depth at Windsor his first two seasons, but traded mid-season this year and exploded offensively with 20 points in 10 games being put in a top-six role. A late bloomer offensively we should all hope...this kid has so much detail in every other facet of the game.

Has two seasons of junior play left before he can start the year in the AHL...will definitely be a guy to keep an eye on next season with a larger role in the offense...

I'm very happy with this pick...

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Just realized reading his description of helping out with all the younger siblings:

We just got a babysitter for Radulov.

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Just realized reading his description of helping out with all the younger siblings:

We just got a babysitter for Radulov.
A guy that can knock him upside the head if he steps out of line too...

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OK, something pretty funny I have to tell everyone. I had met his coach Ken McRae many years ago when I was a kid. At the time, Ken was one of the highest rated prospects coming out of Canada at the time. I think we were both around the age of 15 or 16 at the time. We had met while on vacation in the Catskill mountains in NY. He had a brother who was a bit of a clown and although he looked like he had no idea what he was doing on skates, he never fell down. Almost too good for his own good. Ken was a pretty soft spoken kid at the time and very focused on his hockey career.

I tried to follow where he went after we had met and I think he ended up getting drafted by Quebec if memory serves me correctly. He played with them and Toronto for brief stints but never lived up to the lofty expectations that were thrown upon him. Glad to see he landed as a coach and great to see his review on Watson and the type of player he is. Small world we live in.

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Yes, he is a safe pick, but he is also on a lot of scouts sleeper meter as a forward that could explode offensively. I like this pick. I like Etem as well. I thought both would be gone by our pick....so I have no problem with this at all.

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If he turns into another Jordan Staal on the low side of things, Ryan Kessler on the middle side of things or pans out on the high side to be a Mike Richards, I think we've got a winner all the way around. Now here comes my question, people are comparing him to centers but he's listed as a RW, which is he?

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06-25-2010, 11:13 PM
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I really like the Watson pick!!! I think he may be the best two-way player in the entire draft.

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I'm liking what I hear of this guy. From the sounds of it he was highly coveted and was one of the guys who slid due to the wacky picks. Sounds like at worse he will be a solid 2 way player who kills penalties and has good hands in front of the net. At best he has all that with a better offensive game. Pretty damn good pick for 18th IMO

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He's often been hailed as the dark horse of the draft, IIRC.

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I'm liking what I hear of this guy. From the sounds of it he was highly coveted and was one of the guys who slid due to the wacky picks. Sounds like at worse he will be a solid 2 way player who kills penalties and has good hands in front of the net. At best he has all that with a better offensive game. Pretty damn good pick for 18th IMO
For some reason I'm picturing a better version of Smithson.

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He's often been hailed as the dark horse of the draft, IIRC.
you're correct sir

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For some reason I'm picturing a better version of Smithson.
I would say even at his worse he already has 100000000 times more skill than smithson does. I doubt smithson could put up 20 points in 10 games in a local beer league

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I really like this pick! Can't wait to see him on the ice!

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I would say even at his worse he already has 100000000 times more skill than smithson does. I doubt smithson could put up 20 points in 10 games in a local beer league
Thank god.

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I like this pick, but I don't love it. It's a classic Poile "safe" pick...but from the reports I've been reading going back to about mid-year, it sounds like we drafted a defensive specialist who might top out at 20 goals. I love his character, and obviously you need those guys...but the organization goes another year without picking a dynamic offensive player in the first round.

I did hear Poile is trying to pick up a second round pick, we'll see what comes of that.

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If he turns into another Jordan Staal on the low side of things, Ryan Kessler on the middle side of things or pans out on the high side to be a Mike Richards, I think we've got a winner all the way around. Now here comes my question, people are comparing him to centers but he's listed as a RW, which is he?
He's a natural center but can play wing just as effective. The problem when he came to Windsor was that they were already loaded at center. They had just moved Taylor Hall to wing so there was no way that Watson was going to play center. It wasn't untill injuries or blowouts that Boughner would put Watson at center. Even then it was obvious he could play both positions equally well. I'm not sure what Peterborough plans for him next year. Either way I don't think it will matter.

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