Preds draft route should follow a very familiar path
JUN 23, 11:49p ET | Kristopher Martel
Rotowire: Jun 30 / 2:01p ET
News: GM David Poile said Tuesday that he's "very confident" Watson will make the Predators out of training camp.
Impact: Watson hasn't appeared in a game for the Predators since the lockout year of 2012-13, but after back-to-back 40-plus-point campaigns at AHL Milwaukee, it appears the team is preparing to clear a spot for him. The 23-year-old should benefit from the expected departures of forwards Matt Cullen and Mike Santorelli in free agency, as it's unclear if the Predators will look to replace them with veteran players. Even if Watson cracks the squad, he seems unlikely to win a top-six role off the bat, which might make it difficult him to attain much fantasy relevance.
Rotowire: Jun 29 / 3:03p ET
News: Watson signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean reports.
Impact: A former first-round pick by Nashville in 2010, Watson has spent the last two seasons with AHL Milwaukee. He led Milwaukee with 26 goals last season, and could have the opportunity to earn a longer look with the Predators in 2015-16.
StatsLLC: Jun 29 / 12:00a ET
News: The Nashville Predators have signed Watson to a two-year contract. Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him $575,000 when he's in the NHL and $100,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, $575,000 contract in 2016-17.
Impact: The 23-year-old Watson scored 26 goals this past season for the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He tied for second among all AHL skaters with eight game-winning goals and tied for 14th in the league in overall goals. Watson has scored one goal and played in six NHL games with Nashville. All his NHL appearances came in the 2012-13 season.