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Ottawa Senators acquire forward Austin Watson from Nashville

by Sens Communications @Media_Sens / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the team has acquired forward Austin Watson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a Senators' (previously acquired from Colorado) fourth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Draft.

A native of Ann Arbor, Mich., Watson registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and 65 penalty minutes over 53 games with the Predators in 2019-20. He was also held scoreless and recorded two penalty minutes while appearing in each of Nashville's four post-season games.

"Austin Watson is a big, strong winger who will bring a significant presence to our forward group," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He was among Nashville's forward leaders in blocked shots last season, was the team's leader in hits and is someone who is especially physical on the forecheck. We also expect him to be a valuable asset on our penalty kill."

Watson, 28, was selected by the Predators with the team's first-round draft pick (18th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft. Over 306 career NHL games (all of which have occurred with Nashville), he has posted 77 points (36 goals, 41 assists) and 358 penalty minutes. He has also tallied 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) and 48 penalty minutes over 45 career post-season contests with the Predators.

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