Austin Watson



Austin Watson, RW/LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 187

Born: 1992-01-13

Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Drafted: 2010 by Nashville Predators, 18th overall







June 2017 — The Predators drafted Watson in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the 18th overall pick. After seven years in their system, the 25-year old center helped his team to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. During the regular season he scored five goals and 17 points in 77 games, where he was used more in a defensive role as his defensive zone start percentage for this season (70.9%) would suggest. Injuries in Predators line-up bumped Watsons’s average time on ice up by a couple of minutes, in the playoffs and gave him a bigger role.

In the playoffs he scored four goals and nine points in 22 games. His shooting percentage was unsustainably high at 14.3%, way up from his NHL career average which is 6.0%. Watsons’s most valuable asset is his 6’4” frame that he threw around at will in the playoffs, jumping his hits per game average from 1.85 in the regular season  to 4.8 in the playoffs. It’s doubtful he can maintain such an increased rate for a full season, but to see him being able to land somewhere in the middle, would be a nice boost for his fantasy value.

22 games is a small sample size, but Watson was able to elevate his game when it mattered the most. Niko Salminen


April 2016 – Watson made the jump to full time NHLer this season, playing in 57 of the Predators 82 games. Watson finished the season with three goals and 10 points. Despite now being an NHL regular, Watson has seemingly settled into a depth role. It's unlikely he'll ever be a consistent top six forward and he has been passed on the Predators depth chart by younger and higher potential options. Consider him a longshot to be relevant in fantas