Austin Watson – Milwaukee Bound

Here’s a couple paragraphs of a Preds press release.

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2010 first-round pick (18th overall) Austin Watson to a three-year entry level contract. Watson will spend the duration of the 2010-11 season with Milwaukee (AHL) on an Amateur Tryout Agreement.

“The second half of the season he really played well,” Poile said of Watson. “He played in all situations and produced in all situations. Not only was he a strong defensive forward killing penalties and blocking shots – things we liked in his draft year – but he produced some very good numbers offensively. All-in-all, it was really good progress for his year for Austin.”

68 points in 68 games, split evenly between goals and assists.  Not a bad season for the Peterborough Petes.

We’ll ask Coach Lambert after the game tonight if he thinks it’s likely that Watson will receive some ice time in the near future.

We should also expect some more ATO signings over the next 48 hours.

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