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Born January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13) (age 18),
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Eligible 2010 NHL Draft
Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Ntl. team  United States
Playing career TBA – present

Austin Watson (born January 13, 1992 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey left winger of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[1] He is a "potential first-rounder" for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[2]

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Personal life

Austin Watson was born January 13, 1992, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he grew up with his parents, Mike and Mary Watson. He is the oldest of nine children, eight boys and one girl.[3] He went to school one year at Detroit Catholic Central High School, and one year at Father Gabriel Richard High School before he was drafted into the OHL, where he now attends St. Anne's High School. Watson played for the high school golf team at Father Gabriel Richard, where they went to state finals.[4]

Playing career

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Early career

Before the OHL, Watson played all of his early hockey with the Detroit Compuware Ambassadors, whose home arena is Compuware Arena. While playing for the Ambassadors, Watson received exposure to OHL hockey, as Compuware Arena is also home to the Plymouth Whalers (another OHL team).

College Hockey

At first, Watson did not show interest in the OHL, and verbally committed to the University of Maine Black Bears, planning on playing for the US U-17 team. Because of his plans to play college, although he was projected to go second overall in the OHL draft, he ended up going 36th overall.[5] Because the U-17 delayed on giving him a spot, Watson decided to forego his verbal commitment to Maine and play with the Windsor Spitfires.

The Windsor Spitfires

Although it was a gamble, the Spitfires took a chance and drafted Watson. Their bet paid off. Watson came into the OHL with a bang, surprising people with his fast skating and smart playing. Despite the fact that Watson hit a slump mid-season, he came out with 10 goals and 19 assists, for a total of 29 points. During playoffs, after a total of 20 games played, he snatched up 3 more points in the form of assists.[6] While Watson had a remarkable rookie season, he accompanied the Spitfires to becoming the most elite in the league, the CHL Memorial Cup champions, at the same time breaking the record and becoming the first team to ever come back for an overall win from fourth place in the finals. Also, it was the first Spitfires franchise win of the Memorial Cup.[7]

The Peterborough Petes

On January 11, 2010, the Spitfires traded Watson to the Peterborough Petes. The trade was smart for him career wise as he now receives a chance at more playing time on this younger team.[8]

International Play

Watson was selected to play for the USA national team for the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[9] Despite the fact that the US did not win, Watson received good ice exposure and performed very nicely.

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 10 19 29 41 20 0 3 3 15
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 42 11 23 34 14 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2009–10 Peterborough Petes OHL 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
OHL totals 105 21 42 63 55 20 0 3 3 15

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